The latest round of Michigan's standarized test scores were released last week across the state and as anticipated, the tests weren't as positive as previous years.
That is to be expected, since the state this year increased the level of proficiency it wanted to achieve in grading the results, thus it took more correct answers to obtain the same acceptable levels of performance as in the past. Truthfully, in many ways it is like comparing apples to oranges to compare this year to last.
Concerned by how the public might react to the new state standards, several area superintendents took out an advertisement in the newspaper to explain the change, and how best to interpret results.
What we believe is most important in all of this is that those people in charge of our children's education care about the results, and are trying to do everything possible to prepare our children to compete globally after graduation for good jobs and steady incomes.
We've known all along area teachers and administrators do a great job of working with students. Time after time we've witnessed our area's youth compete with the best in the world at colleges, universities and jobs.
We're also glad to see state leaders understand that old standards needed revised and new bars established - bars that would challenge students to strive harder and work smarter.
By no means were we disappointed with the results.
To the contrary, we believe the best is yet to come.