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Michigan researchers are using a $5 million federal grant to study how an early literacy law gets rolled out and its effect on students and educators.y

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Every parent wants their child to learn how to read.  It’s a skill that takes patience, practice and a lot of time.  But when time slips from a parent’s grasp, the daily reading session can easily slip their mind.


Now, educators in Ingham County have developed a new way to help local families keep track of their kids’ literacy skills day by day.


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Most children today have some access to technology from an early age.  While many schools teach digital skills, Michigan has no formal standards for teaching computer science.  Now, the Michigan Department of Education is gathering public input on a proposed set of K-12 computer science standards.  


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The Michigan State Board of Education is set to approve a new set of standards for preparing young teachers to work in the elementary grades. 



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.