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