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Impact Of Epidemic’s School Shutdown Appears In Lower State Reading Test Results

More Michigan third graders not learning how to read

The impact of closing schools during the COVID-19 pandemic is showing up in standardized student assessment results.

In 2020-21, most of Michigan’s third-grade public school students — 61.3% — were only partially proficient or not proficient at all in the M-STEP English Language Arts assessment.

That’s up from the 54.9% of third-graders students assessed as partially or not proficient on the test in 2018-19.

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