Michigan schools have made less progress toward meeting increased standards for students than the schools in every other state over the past 14 years. The conclusion comes from research compiled by University of Michigan education policy professor Brian Jacob. It’s based on the performance of fourth graders and eighth graders on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a test that’s given to sample groups of students each year. Jacob says the gap between states that are doing well and states that are doing poorly is increasing – and Michigan now ranks near the bottom in several crucial categories. The report notes that Michigan’s poor performance spans racial and economic categories, and is seen across the state. You can link to Jacob’s full study here.