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Detroit schools show disparities on standardized tests

THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011 16:47 PM

Following the release of "The 2011 School Report Card: The Best and Worst Results of Detroit's Students," some of the city's schools appear to need extra help in ensuring that their students are on point with their peers across the country.

The report ranked 21 elementary schools, 15 middle schools and 10 high schools that consisted of the city's public, city charter, private and suburban institutions, according to the Detroit News.

Through its analysis in standardized test scores, the report found significant disparities in student performance. For example, in 17 elementary schools and five middle schools, the news provider reports that less than 45 percent of students met the state reading standards.

Additionally, in five elementary schools and 12 middle schools, less than 25 percent of pupils were on par with the state's math standards.

"We need to do something about the many schools that are not even educating half their students to meet the state's relatively low standards," said Carol Goss, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Skillman Foundation and chairwoman of Excellent Schools Detroit, which compiled the study.

These disparities may change in the near future, as the Michigan State Board of Education unanimously adopted the Common Core State Standards last year.