Michigan standardized test results for grades 3 to 8 showed mixed math and reading level changes in 2013, with almost one-third of students failing reading and more than half failing math.
Reading proficiency averaged 67.9 percent across the tested grades, up slightly from 66.8 percent in 2012. Reading proficiency scores in third grade decreased the most from 2012, dropping 5.2 percentage points to 61.3 percent, while eighth grade scores increased the most, rising 7 percentage points to 72.7 percent.
Math proficiency averaged about 41 percent overall in 2013 and 2012.
The scores released by the Department of Education are from the final round of testing with the Michigan Education Assessment Program, which has been phased out. A new test is scheduled to be used in 2015.
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