Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: As M-STEP testing begins, here’s what parents need to know

Good morning and welcome to Friday.

Many Michigan schools have been closed this week for spring break, but students and teachers will be back in their classrooms on Monday — and the stakes are about to rise. That’s because Monday marks the first day of the state’s eight-week testing window when students in certain grades will take exams in math and English that will be used to judge students and their schools.

There’s a lot to know about the exams — including some ways to prepare for them. Lori has all the details in her list of things to know about the tests.

Scroll down for that story and the rest of this morning’s headlines. I’ll be headed to Lansing this morning, along with the rest of Chalkbeat Detroit reporting team, to interview Gov. Gretchen Whitmer about a range of state education issues. We have a list of questions for her, but are happy to hear from you: What do you think we should ask? Let us know — and have a great day!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief

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M-STEP As testing season begins in Michigan schools, key things to know about the exams include a new test for middle school students, and online resources for students who want to prepare. Chalkbeat

MONEY A newly updated tool lets users see details about the local, state and federal dollars that flowed to Michigan school districts in recent years. Mackinac Center

FUNDING Here’s the backstory behind Michigan’s current school funding system, told through the eyes of one of the state’s wealthiest districts. Grosse Pointe News

SUPERINTENDENT Local education advocates make the case for why Michigan parents should pay attention to the search for the next state superintendent. The search process was delayed last year because of a quirk in state law that bars superintendent appointments before or after state board of education elections. Detroit Free Press Detroit Free Press

CHARTERS A new study finds that Michigan is doing a poor job when it comes to charter school integration. Michigan Radio

TEACH One state university saw an increase in education majors after the state eliminated a rigorous state readiness exam for future teachers. Central Michigan Life

GRADS The authors of a new report warn that Detroit high schools grads are not prepared to enter the local job market. The Detroit News

BENTON HARBOR Members of the state school board travelled to the western side of the state to hear from parents worried about the fate of an urban school district facing massive debt. Herald Palladium