Local districts react to M-STEP scores

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published September 23, 2021

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP, is a computer-based assessment designed to gauge how well students are mastering state standards.

“These standards, developed for educators by educators, broadly outline what students should know and be able to do in order to be prepared to enter the workplace, career education training and college,” M-STEPs website states.

M-STEP scores were released Aug. 31 by the Michigan Department of Education.

For English Language Arts, or ELA, statewide in 2021, 42.8% of third graders were considered proficient, and 42.3% were considered proficient in math.

At the third grade level in Chippewa Valley Schools for ELA, out of 813 students assessed, over 55% were considered not proficient, while nearly 45% were proficient.

At the eighth-grade level in the district, of 1,014 students assessed, 63% were proficient in ELA.

For the SAT in Chippewa, 41.4% of 1,321 students tested were proficient in math. For all subjects — math, reading, science and English — 38% were proficient.

This year in Michigan, 15.46% of 11th graders were considered proficient in science, and 43.66% were considered proficient in social studies. In math, 34.5% of 11th graders were proficient, while 56.6% were proficient in ELA.

Over at L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, in ELA for third graders, roughly 45% of students were proficient, while 55% were not proficient. About 66% of eighth graders were proficient in ELA.

In math at L’Anse Creuse, over 600 fifth graders were assessed, with nearly 75% deemed not proficient. Of 843 assessed, that percentage was 66% in Chippewa Valley in the same category.

For the SAT in L’Anse Creuse, 28.1% of 704 students tested were proficient in math. For all subjects — math, reading, science and English — 27% were proficient.