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Whiston Wants To Let Schools Experiment With Student Testing

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The state schools chief wants to let local districts experiment with student testing.
 

 
State Superintendent Brian Whiston says Michigan will file for a federal waiver to allow five percent of the state’s school districts to opt out of the M-STEP and try their own tests. 
 

 
Whiston says technology and social media are changing how kids learn, and student testing should reflect that.
 

 
Whiston says he wants to file for the waiver from the U-S Department of Education within the next two months. He is about to retire to focus on his battle with cancer.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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