Michigan legislators stall decision on MEAP testing

Michigan schools are all set to replace the Michigan Education Assessment Program, commonly referred to as MEAP, with a new test based on common core standards. The only thing standing in the way of the transition---a vote from the legislature but with no vote before summer session, millions of dollars in federal funding are now at stake.

Karen Bakerâ??s daughter has succeeded under Michiganâ??s standardized testing program.

Now, she's wondering how her daughter's education will be judged next year.

â??It can be good in that determining factor to determine if the kids are comprehending what they're learning,â?? says Baker.

Legislators left Lansing without a decision on when the state will transition to a new form of testing based on the Common Core.

â??The legislators kind of balked at the whole test so now we're going back to the MEAP,â?? says Ethel Johnson, president of the Flint Teachers Union.

Which throws three years of training for Common Core out the window.

â??Teachers don't teach to a test but they have to teach children how to take a test,â?? says Johnson.

â??Iâ??d like them to make a decision before the school year,â?? says Baker.

Johnson is hoping Governor Snyder steps in.

â??He has that right to say to them---You guys don't leave until you get this done,â?? says Johnson.

But Snyder is leaving it up to lawmakers.

In a statement, his office saying in part, "We believe there is time for thoughtful discussion to continue."

â??Whatever assessment you give us, our students will take it,â?? says Johnson.

â??The children need to be able to move forward and I feel that will drastically affect their capabilities of doing so,â?? says Baker.

If the state doesn't transition to common core standards, Michigan could lose up to $1 billion in federal funding.

However, union officials say a waiver could be granted for another year but they're not sure how much longer the federal government will wait for Michigan to make a move.

The following statement was issued to NBC25 News by Governor Rick Snyderâ??s Office of Communications:

â??The Legislature actually has several session days scheduled during the summer. The governor believes there is time for discussions to continue. It's a time-sensitive issue, to be sure. But we believe there is time for thoughtful discussion to continue.â??