Recently it was found that the requirement for students to have 40 hours of community service in order to receive the merit scholarship of $2500 was unconstitutional by Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox.
Many of the criticisms of the test are common to all standardized tests. Opponents feel that standardized tests cannot correctly measure student knowledge, performance, or learning. Others feel that Michigan should not waste so much money on developing their own test and instead should use national tests, that would conform better to the standards of the rest of the country.
In October 2007, a Jackson newspaper reporter published an article containing the topics of the 5th and 6th grade MEAP test, jeopardizing the integrity of later sections of the test yet to be completed by students in many districts. These compromised portions of the test were retaken by all students, levying a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Michigan Department of Education.
MICHIGAN EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT PROGRAM MATH AND READING SCORES CLIMB SINCE RIGOROUS STANDARDS ADOPTED; ACHIEVEMENT GAPS NARROW
Apr 01, 2011; LANSING, Mich., March 31 -- The superintendent of the Michigan Department of Education issued the following news release: Student...