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Flanagan: "The MEAP’s not an option" for next year

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan is warning Michigan lawmakers against trying to take a step back on school testing.

An amendment to next year’s school aid budget would require schools to give the MEAP exam next year. Some lawmakers are upset the state has contracted with a new company using a test tied to Common Core standards.

Flanagan says the MEAP test is not an option at this point. He says changing now would cost the state.

“I don’t know how much clearer to say we’ll lose our waiver…we’ll lose Title money of about a billion dollars,” says Flanagan, “I know some here think these are idle threats. This is just the reality.”

Michigan’s No Child Left Behind waiver requires the state to measure student academic growth.

Flanagan says the MEAP test doesn’t meet that requirement. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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