CNS | Only 7% of Detroit Public-School 8th Graders Proficient in Reading

(CNSNews.com) – In the public schools in Detroit, Mich., according to the U.S.  Department of Education, only 7 percent of the eighth graders are  grade-level proficient or better in reading.

Some public school teachers in the City of Detroit and around the  state of Michigan are reportedly taking a vacation or a sick day today  to protest right-to-work legislation likely to be approved by the state  legislature. Under current law, Michigan public school teachers must pay  dues to the teachers’ union. If the right-to-work law is enacted,  Michigan public-school teachers will be free to join the union and pay  dues to it if they wish, but they will also be free not to join the  union and not to pay it dues.

Detroit public-school eighth graders do even worse in math than they  do in reading, according to the Department of Education. While only 7  percent scored highly enough on the department’s National Assessment of  Educational Progress test in 2011 to be rated “proficient” or better in  reading, only 4 percent scored highly enough to be rated “proficient” or  better in math.

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