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February 20, 2013

MEAP scores take a turn for the better

By April Lehmbeck
C & G Staff Writer

GROSSE POINTES — Both the state and the Grosse Pointe Public Schools had something to smile about with the release of the fall 2012 Michigan Educational Assessment Program results.

Students in third through ninth grades took the test, and the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards is on the rise, when compared to last year’s results across the state.

Grosse Pointe students in particular continue to outpace the state results with improvement in a number of areas from their own results last year.

“GPPSS is proud to share our results, which are well above the state average and steady in all areas and have improved in 13, stayed the same in one, and gone down slightly in four (less than 3 percentage points), of the 18 tested areas,” the district stated on its website the day that the results were officially released to the public.

The district noted that they use more than the MEAP to assess student achievement and noted a number of other ways that students are assessed each school year.

According to the results, at least 80 percent of students are proficient in Grosse Pointe Schools on average in each grade level in reading. That compares to results that were mostly in the 60th percentiles statewide.

For fourth-grade and seventh-grade writing, the district scored in the 70th percentiles concerning students scoring proficient or higher, whereas the state was in the 40s and 50s. In math, more students scored proficient at the elementary level, as compared to the middle school level, in both the district and state averages.

At the elementary level, the district saw percentages in the upper 60s and 70s. At the middle school level, the results were in the mid-to-high 50s and low 60s.

Across the state, the results were in the 40s and 30s in the elementary and middle schools.

State officials were pleased to see the growth in the number of students scoring proficient or better in reading, math and writing.

“We’re moving in the right direction and that’s a credit to our schools, parents and the students themselves,” Gov. Rick Snyder stated in a press release. “But much work remains and achieving further gains will demand our continued commitment. Michigan’s future depends on the quality of education and preparation our students receive. It is critical to ensure our children are ready when they first enter school and are on track to be career- and college-ready by the time they graduate.”

Students in grades six and nine were tested in social studies. The district saw 52 percent of its students score proficient or better, which is up from last year for grade six. The state had 30 percent of students score proficient or better. In grade nine, the percentages were 57 for the district and 29 for the state, which is more than the district had last year, but the same number for the state.

Science continues to be the area where the least number of students are scoring proficient or better in the district and across the state.

In the fifth grade, 28 percent of students scored proficient or higher in the district, compared to 13 at the state level. That is up for the district, but down from 15 percent for the state. In the eighth grade, 29 percent was the result for the district and 16 percent, holding steady from last year, was the result at the state level.

“These gains demonstrate Michigan’s teachers and students are rising to the challenge of the rigorous standards established last year,” state Superintendent Mike Flanagan stated in a press release. “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.”

Districts have had results since late last year to give them time to review and start working on a plan of action to improve scores further.

“I have confidence that teachers will be able to use these and other data to develop strategies and interventions to help all students, in all subjects, succeed,” Flanagan stated.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer April Lehmbeck at alehmbeck@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1043.