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Ensure Access to Early Learning Programs

As measured by the percentage of third graders testing as proficient in reading

Why Is This Important?
Research finds that early reading proficiency is a key indicator of future academic success, economic success, and a reduction of poverty. It is also a problem for which we have a solution if we come together as a community to support early reading efforts.
Metric Definition

The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) assessment is given online to students in grades 3-8 and measures current student knowledge of Michigan’s high academic standards in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and social studies. This metric measures the percentage 3rd grade M-STEP test takers who met 3rd grade content standards on the ELA section of the test.

Data source: Michigan Department of Education, Center for Educational Performance and Information


Students did not take the M-STEP in 2020 due to Covid. Part of the effort around this goal will be to address disparities that exist in the racial/ethnic subgroups.

Current Status

The county is working with Oakland Schools and the Board of Commissioners on support programs including individual and small group tutoring to reduce the learning delay experienced during the pandemic.

Learn More

To learn more about the school districts throughout the county visit Oakland Schools.

For more information on M-STEP visit the Michigan Department of Education.

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