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State’s deputy superintendent says focus is on improving test scores and skilled trades education

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Michigan students aren’t doing well nationally in areas like reading and math. That’s according to results on a nationwide test. Meanwhile, the state is focused on increasing skilled trades training.

Michigan is near the bottom in areas like 4th grade reading and 8th grade math. The so-called “nation’s report card” also says Michigan hasn’t significantly improved in years. 

Sheila Alles is the Chief Deputy State Superintendent. She’s on board with the governor’s proposal to put millions of dollars toward programs focused on skilled trades in K through 12th grade classrooms.

“It will allow students who learn differently to have those needs met differently and students to demonstrate their learning differently.”

“When we know that not every child learns the same way, then we have to be able to provide the instruction, the mode of instruction and mode of assessment that matches the child.”

She says there are also programs to help with traditional classroom learning.

“All of those initiatives working together will help move our high school students be better prepared for college and-or career after high school.”

Alles says there are now more resources available for teachers on best practices for teaching literacy.