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.