Michigan 4th graders are performing below both the “Top Ten” average and the peer state average. In 2015, nearly 10% fewer students achieved the “proficient” level relative to the “Top Ten” states. Fewer Michigan students have reached this benchmark every year since 2007 and Michigan now ranks among the bottom half of all states.

What It Is: The percent of 4th grade students who attained a proficient score level for reading.

Why It Matters: This provides an indicator of how well schools are meeting competitive academic standards.

4th Grade Reading Proficiency Trends

4th Grade Reading Proficiency Standings

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (National Assessment of Educational Progress)