Talent & education

To prosper, Michigan must be a more educated place. Bridge will explore the challenges in education and identify policies and initiatives that address them.

Smartest kids: In Florida, early reading and frequent testing bring results, and pushback

Emphasis on literacy and testing to monitor progress are credited with a rise in student learning in Florida, particularly for low-income and minority students. But some ask, how much is too much?

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How Michigan, Florida compare

Florida students, including low-income students, have risen dramatically in national academic rankings while students in Michigan are being left behind.

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Community colleges pushing skilled trades, but students aren’t buying

Despite sunny promises, most community college students are shunning careers in manufacturing, technical and skilled trades, leaving Michigan employers and the colleges themselves bewildered.

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Troubling times for Michigan’s community colleges

Struggling students and falling enrollment are presenting challenges to Michigan’s 28 community colleges. Their leaders are aiming to reverse fortunates with innovative job programs.

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Smartest kids: Teaching starts early, with special focus on the poor, in Minnesota

Minnesota traces its elite status to tough academic standards, the nation’s most extensive early childhood education program and higher investment in low-income schools.

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How Minnesota and Michigan students compare on the NAEP

Michigan vs Minnesota Michigan and Minnesota spend roughly the same amount per pupil, and yet the performance of Minnesota students on national tests is far superior to that of Michigan students, including low-income students. Proponents of the Minnesota system note that the […]

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‘The smartest kids': About this series

As Michigan students muddle along in academic mediocrity, their peers across much of the nation are zooming past. What are other states doing that Michigan is not? Bridge visited four to find out.

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Smartest kids: In Tennessee, an epic turnaround

A perennial bottom dweller in academic rankings, Tennessee has sprinted to respectability by demanding more of teachers and students and giving them the tools to succeed.

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Smartest kids graphic: How Michigan and Tennessee compare on NAEP

Comparing the latest NAEP scores from Michigan and Tennessee, you might not notice much difference: students in both states produce middling results. But these graphics show how Tennessee students are rapidly improving, while Michigan has barely budged.

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Robots enter Flint, change lives

New robotics center at Flint’s Kettering University opens doors for minority students.

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How robotics changed one girl’s path

Flint Hamady High School student De’Shondria Bedenfield went from quiet student to champ with a milling machine after becoming hooked by robotics.

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UM soars, MSU doesn’t on freshmen test scores

Since 2001, Big Ten schools have become far more selective, when measured by the ACT scores of incoming freshmen. But MSU, like most in-state schools, stayed pretty much the same.

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Football, shmootball: Ohio State gets serious in the classroom

Since 2001, OSU has seen the average ACT test scores of incoming freshmen soar faster than any Big Ten school; it now stands behind only Northwestern and UM.

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Big Ten ACT scores soar

The ACT doesn’t tell everything about a student, or the school they attend, but incoming Big Ten freshmen need higher scores than ever to crack the conference.

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Western Michigan

Michigan’s public universities show nominal gains in student scores ACT scores of incoming freshmen at Michigan’s 15 public universities changed little since 2001, except at two places: The University of Michigan, where admissions became even more selective, and at Ferris State, where […]

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Grand Valley

Michigan’s public universities show nominal gains in student scores ACT scores of incoming freshmen at Michigan’s 15 public universities changed little since 2001, except at two places: The University of Michigan, where admissions became even more selective, and at Ferris State, where […]

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Michigan Tech

Michigan’s public universities show nominal gains in student scores ACT scores of incoming freshmen at Michigan’s 15 public universities changed little since 2001, except at two places: The University of Michigan, where admissions became even more selective, and at Ferris State, where […]

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UM-Ann Arbor

Michigan’s public universities show nominal gains in student scores ACT scores of incoming freshmen at Michigan’s 15 public universities changed little since 2001, except at two places: The University of Michigan, where admissions became even more selective, and at Ferris State, where […]

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