The Michigan’s Standards are clear, rigorous academic standards that focus on what students are expected to know in each grade in math and English language arts to succeed after high school. The standards were adopted by the Michigan State Board of Education in 2010, to help ensure that all Michigan students, regardless of where they live or go to school, have the knowledge and critical-thinking skills they will need to compete with students in other states and other nations in a 21st-Century global economy.
With proper implementation and assessments, students will cover fewer topics, but will have time to explore them more deeply. Parents, meanwhile, will get honest, more accurate information on how their child’s school compares with schools across town and around the nation. Career- and College-Ready Standards better prepare Michigan students for life after high school, and better prepares our state for a brighter economic future.
In spring 2015, Michigan introduced the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP). This new, more rigorous assessment measures Michigan’s challenging learning standards and focuses on real life skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving.