Clinton TownshipMarch 14, 2013
Majority of LCPS students above county/state averages in MEAP
By Julie Snyder
C & G Staff Writer
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — L’Anse Creuse Public Schools students tested last fall in the Michigan Educational Assessment Program showed progression from previous years and proved they are, on average, more proficient in the core subjects than their counterparts across the state and Macomb County.
The MEAP test, administered during the fall of 2012, is based on career- and college-ready standards for students in grades 3-9, testing reading, mathematics, writing, science and social studies.
According to the results, L’Anse Creuse students outperformed county and state averages in almost all subject areas and grade levels.
Additionally, students ranked first in the county in seventh-grade reading and eighth-grade reading and science. The subjects showing the most improvement from previous years are eighth-grade reading, fourth- and fifth-grade math and fourth-grade writing, said district Superintendent Jacqueline Johnston.
“The district’s success is the product of a collaborative effort between our dedicated staff, our hard working students and a successful relationship with parents,” she said. “While we are excited about our scores, we recognize the importance and are working relentlessly to close the achievement gap, so that all students are proficient in all core content areas and are achieving their personal best.”
This might not require too much additional work, according to state education officials who say Michigan educators are moving in the right direction, in terms of educating youth.
Students across the state showed gains in reading proficiency at all grade levels, particularly in third and eighth grades (4.1 and 5.2 percent gains respectively). Mathematics also had proficiency gains at all grade levels, with the largest gains occurring in third, fourth and fifh grade (4.6, 5.0, and 6.1 percent gains respectively). Writing proficiency saw a 4.4 percent increase in seventh grade and a 2.2 percent increase in fourth grade.
“These gains demonstrate Michigan’s teachers and students are rising to the challenge of the rigorous standards established last year,” said state Superintendent Mike Flanagan. “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.”
Reading and mathematics are tested each year in third through eighth grades; writing is tested in fourth and seventh grades; science is tested in grades fifth and eighth grades; and social studies are tested in sixth and ninth grades.
Though the MEAP results came out in February, the L’Anse Creuse community is still reveling in their growing successes.
“Every member of the L’Anse Creuse team should be proud of our MEAP scores; exceeding Macomb County and state averages while improving on last year’s scores in almost all subjects,” said Johnson. “Within the district, comparing the fall 2011 scores to the fall 2012 scores, the greatest improvement was in eighth-grade reading with a five point leap. Other noteworthy accomplishments are a four-point jump in fourth- and fifth-grade mathematics and fourth-grade writing.
“We will strive for academic achievement in all subjects for all students in L’Anse Creuse,” the superintendent continued. “I am very proud of our scores and know that our students will keep improving in the years to come.”
To view complete MEAP results, go to www.michigan.gov/mischool data and click on the “Assessment Results” tab on the left under “District and School Profiles.” You can also visit the MEAP webpage at www.michigan.gov/meap and click on the “MEAP Test Results” or the “Downloadable Data Files” tabs.