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Only seven percent of Detroit Public-School 8th Graders found proficient in reading

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
December 12th, 2012
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In a troubling sign about public school education in major urban centers in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Education, only seven percent of the eighth graders in Detroit are grade-level proficient or better in reading.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Even worse, Detroit public-school eighth graders do even worse in math than they do in reading. While only 7 percent scored highly enough on the department's National Assessment of Educational Progress test in 2011, according to the Department of Education, to be rated "proficient" or better in reading, only four percent scored highly enough to be rated "proficient" or better in math.

Statewide in Michigan, only 32 percent of public-school eighth graders scored grade-level proficient or better in reading, and only 31 percent scored grade-level proficient or better in math.

All in all, 68 percent of Michigan public-school eighth graders are not proficient in reading and 69 percent are not proficient in math.

Michigan's public school system has shown no improvement at all in teaching children how to read over the past several years. In 2002 just as in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 32 percent of Michigan public-school eighth graders scored proficient or better in reading.

The one bright spot is that the state's public schools have made a slight improvement in teaching math. In 2000, only 28 percent of Michigan public-school eighth graders were proficient or better in math. By 2011, that had inched up to 31 percent.

In related news: Some public school teachers in the City of Detroit and around the state of Michigan are reportedly taking a vacation or a sick day today to protest right-to-work legislation likely to be approved by the state legislature.

Under the current laws, Michigan public school teachers must pay dues to the teachers' union. If the right-to-work law is enacted, Michigan public-school teachers will be free to join the union and pay dues to it if they wish -- but they will also be free not to join the union and not to pay it dues.

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