MOISD nears state MEAP averages in reading, math and writing

LANSING — Although the MEAP test might be going extinct soon in favor of a more technological, more interactive test, the Michigan Department of Education recently released the results of the 2013 Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) exam.

The test is given to students every October in third through ninth grade to examine their knowledge and readiness in subjects ranging from mathematics and reading to science, social studies and writing. Results of the Fall 2013 MEAP test revealed improved reading test scores from the 2012 results across the state of Michigan for fourth, fifth and sixth graders, but a decreased level of proficiency in grades three and seven. Eighth graders saw a dramatically increased proficiency in reading this year. Students are considered “proficient” if they answer about two-thirds of the exam questions correctly. “Continued focus on reading skills starting from the youngest ages will help every child reading at grade level by the end third grade,” said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan in a press release. “We need to invest more in Early Childhood and At-Risk programming to keep moving the needle on reading proficiency.” Science and writing categories also generally increased this year. Mathematics saw a statewide trend of grades three through five slightly decreasing, with sixth and seventh grades increasing and eighth grade seeing no change. Social studies has declined for sixth and ninth graders, falling about four points in both grades to which it was administered. With the initiation of the Common Core State Standards and new curriculum, not to mention a harder teacher certification test and harder statewide testing standards, schools have worked hard to improve their students’ knowledge and application. The Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District compared to the state relatively well this testing season, above or around the averages in reading and math. Scores for the MOISD fell slightly below the state average in writing, with proficiency levels lowering more below average in science and social studies.
Big Rapids Public Schools
BRPS’ third through fifth grades had strong math scores this year, exceeding the state average. Reading scores for third through fifth grades also exceeded the state average. Sixth through eighth grades fell slightly below the average in both categories. BRPS science scores were slightly below average, with eighth grade a mere .4 percent away from the average. Writing levels fell near average for both groups tested. Following the statewide trend, social studies scores suffered, with both tested groups falling below average. Chippewa Hills School District CHSD had strong numbers across the board in mathematics and reading, falling within the average. Science scores suffered this year, with less than 10 percent of students being proficient in the fifth grade, and 13.7 percent in eighth grade. Social studies scores were below average. Writing scores were far above average for fourth grade, and slightly below average for seventh grade. Crossroads Charter Academy CCA results show a near average mathematics level for seventh grade, with other grades trailing the state averages slightly. Reading scores varied, near average in most cases. Science scores varied, with 13.7 percent of students proficient in the fifth grade (below average) and 32.7 percent of students proficient in the eighth grade (above average). Writing scores yielded slightly below average for both groups tested. CCA’s social studies scores followed the statewide trend, achieving 20.3 and 20.4 percent of proficient students from the sixth and ninth grades, respectively, in comparison to the MOISD average of 16.6 in both categories. Evart Public Schools EPS mathematics scores varied, with seventh grade being the lowest at 18 percent proficiency level and third grade being the highest with 50 percent. Reading also varied, with third grade exceeding the average. Science scores fell below average this year, as did social studies proficiency levels. Writing levels similarly fell below average, with 26.9 percent of fourth graders and 40.7 percent of students reaching proficiency. Morley Stanwood Community Schools Mathematics and science scores suffered this year at MSCS with most classes falling below or slightly below average. Reading and writing proficiency levels were generally at the statewide average, marking those two categories as MSCS’ strengths. Social studies scores were below both the district and statewide averages. Reed City Area Public Schools RCAPS’ younger grades were below average in mathematics, while seventh and eighth graders exceeded the state average. Reading scores acted similarly. Science scores for fifth and eighth graders were below average, while social studies levels also fell below average. Writing levels in the fourth grade was below average, with a 39.8 percent proficiency level, while seventh grade exceeded the state average significantly, with 71.6 percent. Although the results of the Fall 2013 MEAP assessments were released publicly in late February, school districts in Michigan received student-level results in December to provide teachers with the ability to review and analyze those results at the earliest opportunity and use that information to provide targeted instruction to students.