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Legislative Update: Don’t Abandon Rigorous Education Assessments

Proposed changes to replace the M-STEP student assessment for eighth graders in Michigan beginning in 2019 is a step back for the state and region’s ability to create a robust, educated workforce — a critical need for long-term competitiveness.

The proposed changes will create disruption for teachers and students, make data less reliable for parents and policymakers, and focus less on important skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving and writing. The Detroit Regional Chamber recently joined Business Leaders for Michigan and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce in issuing a joint letter to the Michigan Department of Education outlining these concerns.

View the full letter: EducationJointLetter