Rep. Price Sees M-STEP Results as an Opportunity to Improve

Education Committee chair states “This should be used as a road map going forward”

LANSING – With Thursday’s release of detailed Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) results, Rep. Amanda Price, chair of the House Committee on Education, expressed support for the work being done in classrooms throughout the state of Michigan.

“While general statewide data was released in October, this week’s information is specific to school districts,” said Rep. Price, R-Park Township. “It’s clear from the results that there is a need to improve, but we need to emphasize that this is the first year for this specific test. This shows where we are in terms of education across the state of Michigan and should be used as a road map going forward.”

Rep. Price also referenced key education policy items currently before the Legislature. Among these is an initiative to boost early literacy in Michigan, a number of bills to improve the quality of professional development and teacher training, and a bill to create a system to better inform parents about the quality of their child’s school.

“My hope is that our work in Lansing in 2016 can go hand-in-hand with what the Department of Education and local districts are doing in the classroom to improve proficiency in all subjects,” said Rep. Price. “That is the ultimate goal, to provide our children with a world class education so they are career or college ready.”