Students who don’t speak English fare poorly on M-Step

By STEPHANIE HERNANDEZ McGAVIN

Capital News Service

LANSING — The Michigan Student Test of Education Progress (M-Step) introduced last spring was difficult for most students, according to their test scores, especially for one group: English-learners.

The M-Step’s first results were low, with 3rd grade English language arts showing the highest proportion of student proficiency at only 50 percent.

It only got worse for English-learners, said Steven Cook, president of the Michigan Education Association (MEA).
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