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

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). “The M-Step last year was given to students that didn’t know English,” Cook said. “Guess how they did on the M-Step?

Schools face growing number of immigrant children

Capital News Service
LANSING— The number of English language learners in Michigan’s elementary and secondary schools has increased 15,784 since 2011, according to the Department of Education (DOE). And with more immigrants settling in Michigan, more actions need to be done to help immigrant students with their English, according to the department. Michigan has 99,500 immigrant students this school year, a significant increase from the previous year, according to the DOE. Troy, Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Farmington and Warren Consolidated Schools have a larger number of newly arrived immigrant students than other districts. Dearborn and Detroit Public Schools have the largest proportion of English learners, DOE statistics show.