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Across Michigan and across the country, students, teachers, and school administrators are facing greater accountability. That has put more attention on student assessments, or measuring student learning, than in the past. In about a year, Michigan students are expected to start taking a new standardized test, the "Smarter Balanced Assessment."

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Data from 700,000 high school students shows a slight drop in graduation rates under Michigan's Merit Curriculum for those entering ninth grade with weak academic skills.

Tougher graduation requirements for Michigan's high school class of 2011 did not result in a sharp rise in the number of dropouts.