- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan’s largest teachers union is asking state officials not to use data from new standardized testing in teacher evaluations.

Students got started last week on the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, which is given online in most school districts.

Michigan Education Association President Steven Cook said in an open letter Tuesday to Gov. Rick Snyder that it’s “hearing loud and clear” from its members about test problems.

The Michigan Department of Education tells The Detroit News and MLive.com that initial testing has gone smoothly and problems are isolated and have been addressed promptly. The state says it won’t use the results to assess the performance of school districts.

The new test, known as the M-STEP, replaces the pencil-and-paper Michigan Educational Assessment Program test that was used for decades.

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