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Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) - Students not proficient in fourth-grade English language arts in Michigan

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The count is the number of students who did not meet standards on the English Language Arts section of the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP). The percent is based on the number of test-takers. Districts that cross county boundaries are included in the county indicated by the CEPI district code.

Data are from Spring of the year indicated.

The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) results cannot be compared with prior years' Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) results.

Data Source

Michigan Department of Education, Center for Educational Performance Information.


2021 M-STEP: Use estimations with caution and do not compare to prior years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer students underwent testing compared to prior years, and many school districts had additional data suppressed. Students did not take the M-STEP in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More detailed data for districts can be found at

In September 2018, new disclosure avoidance rules were applied to M-STEP data. As a result, districts with fewer than ten test-takers, or where the number of students not meeting proficiency was suppressed, were excluded from analysis. County and city totals are estimations that may exclude some districts, and careful consideration should be taken when comparing data across years due to the changes in data disclosure.

County totals do not add up to the statewide total because of districts that are excluded in the county estimations. The statewide total does include all districts.

NA: Not Available; S: Data Suppressed

Last Updated

September 2023