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February 20, 2013

Local educators assess MEAP scores

By Maria Allard
C & G Staff Writer

Local educators are reviewing the Michigan Educational Assessment Program test results the Michigan Department of Education released Feb. 11.

This past fall, Michigan students in third through eighth grades were tested in reading and math; students in fourth and seventh grades also were tested in writing; fifth- and eighth-grade students also were tested in science; and sixth- and ninth-grade students were tested in social studies. 

The MEAP is designed to determine students’ progress, compared to standards the State Board of Education sets. Test scores are based on whether or not students met or exceeded the state standards. According to a press release from the MDE, students statewide showed gains in reading, math and writing in all grade levels for the fall 2012 testing period.

According to the MDE, students scores statewide increased in reading at all grade levels, particularly in third and eighth grades, with an increase of 4.1 percent and 5.2 percent, respectively.

Students also showed an improvement in math, with the largest gains in third, fourth and fifth grades, with an increase of 4.6 percent, 5 percent and 6.1 percent, respectively.

“These gains demonstrate Michigan’s teachers and students are rising to the challenge of the rigorous standards established last year,” state Superintendent Mike Flanagan said in a prepared statement. “I am encouraged by the progress being made in Michigan schools and look forward to the continued efforts to help all students achieve at a higher level in all subjects.”

In an effort to improve student achievement and MEAP scores, local educators have added various curriculum programs over the years.

Fraser Public Schools officials said the majority of the district’s students exceeded the state averages. The district’s solid reading scores were at or above the state level, minus the eighth-grade reading results, which were one point shy of meeting the state average.

Fraser’s results show that third through seventh grades were at or above the state average in reading and math. Third grade specifically demonstrated significant growth in both reading and math, moving above the state average in each area. 

“The MEAP is just one measurement we use as a district to measure student achievement,” FPS Superintendent David Richards said. “The results show us where we are exceeding the state average, but also act as an indicator for us. We are never satisfied at just meeting the state average and will continue to focus on improving student achievement.”

Clintondale Community Schools officals also are reviewing the MEAP results.

“We’re really proud of the scores this year,” Parker Elementary School Principal Karen Hessler said. “We’re really proud of the writing scores. Every year, they get higher and higher.”

Part of the credit goes to the literacy training program CCS has offered in the last eight years for its teachers.

“Every year we see more and more gains by our students,” Hessler said. “If you’re training your teachers well, you’ll be able to teach your children well.”

Math and science were deemed areas that need attention.

“We went down a tiny bit in math, which was true throughout the county,” Hessler said. “It seems like everyone in the county are having problems with science. We’ve already begun talking about what we can do about it.”

To view complete MEAP results, visit www.michigan.gov/mischooldata.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Maria Allard at allard@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1045.