A report from the Education Trust-Midwest ranks Michigan in the bottom 10 U.S. states for fourth grade reading.
The report says Michigan fell in the ranks in 2022.
While some issues relate to the pandemic and a shortage of teachers, the report shows that Michigan schools were not in a great place prior to the pandemic.
Dr. Susan Piazza, the department chair of teaching, learning and educational studies at Western Michigan University, says that part of the problem is related to spending and funding.
Michigan received over $3.7 billion in relief funds due to the pandemic, yet less than 20% of those funds have been spent.
Piazza says taking advantage of the resources and investing in new technology, materials and professional development is key for improvement.
The report says that the ranking is expected to remain the same if significant changes are not made.