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Michigan is reporting slight improvement by third- and fourth-graders on the state's standardized reading test.

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Michigan students are returning to school.  This year, there's a huge push to ensure all third graders can read proficiently by the end of the year.  Those who can't will be held back in 2019.  This summer, elementary teachers  spent much of their time preparing for the new standard. 

 

WKAR Education Reporter Kevin Lavery speaks with WKAR Director of Education Robin Pizzo about the training Michigan teachers received over the summer.

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If you ask a young child what “summer slide” means, you’re likely to hear something about their favorite playground or a water park.  But ask a teacher, and you’ll get an entirely different answer. For them, “summer slide” means work...not play.

 


2018 Kids Count in Michigan: A Michigan Where All Kids Thrive
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For more than a decade, proficiency skills among elementary students have been in steep decline, particularly in reading.  The 2018 Michigan Kids Count Data Book, released today by the Michigan League for Public Policy, sheds some light on the factors that influence a child's success in school. 


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Police in Detroit want to help children in the city read more often.