Is this a harbinger of things to come? Will the implementation of the Common Core State Standards result in even lower pass rates?
"A look at old test results is providing a troubling glimpse into just how poorly Michigan students have done on state exams."
"Just about a quarter of students in grades 8 and 11 would have passed."
"The Michigan Department of Education released the last four year's worth of results from the high school Michigan Merit Exam and the elementary and middle school Michigan Educational Assessment Program exam, but with a twist.
They applied tough new standards for passing the exams—standards that were adopted by the State Board of Education in September—to the old results. Under the new system, students must answer substantially more questions correct in order to pass."