Students statewide — and particularly third- and eighth-graders — scored higher in reading proficiency, according to the fall 2012 Michigan Education Assessment Program results, which the state Department of Education released Monday. Students also scored higher in math at all grade levels, but particularly in grades 3, 4 and 5. Fourth- and seventh-graders writing proficiency scores went up.
"We're moving in the right direction and that's a credit to our schools, parents and the students themselves," said Gov. Rick Snyder in a release. "But much work remains and achieving further gains will demand our continued commitment. Michigan's future depends on the quality of education and preparation our students receive.