Macomb Districts' 2011 MEAP Scores Stay Above State Average
Chippewa Valley, L'Anse Creuse and Utica saw their students stay on par with state averages in almost all 2011 MEAP subjects. New Haven's scores were below the state average in most areas.
At first glance, the 2011 MEAP scores released today for Macomb Township schools appear to have taken a nosedive from those of previous years. However, this apparent decline is actually a reflection of the state’s newly adopted cut scores.
In September 2011, the State Board of Education adopted new cut scores, or performance measures, for the MEAP test that would better reflect how well schools are preparing students for each grade level and whether all Michigan students are progressing at the rate necessary for them to be career- and college-ready by high school graduation.
These more rigorous cut scores were applied for the first time to the 2011 MEAP results released today, and retroactively applied to previous year’s results for comparison.
Each fall, third through eighth grade students across the state are tested in five subject areas, and their performance defined as advanced, proficient, partially proficient, or not proficient. Students who achieve advanced, or proficient ratings “pass” the test.
On a state level, upwards of 60 percent of students in each tested grade achieved an advanced or proficient rating on the reading portion of the test, while less than 40 percent of students achieved proficiency in mathematics.
In science, tested in grades five and eight, the percentage of students proficient statewide was less than 20 percent and actually decreased from 2010 to 2011 in fifth grade.
Writing, tested in grades four and seven, also saw a decrease statewide, while social studies scores stayed fairly constant.
"We have a lot of room to grow, but this is a positive step," said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan, in a prepared statement. "I am very confident that we have professionals in our classrooms who will continue to step up to the challenge of preparing our students to achieve at higher levels."
2011 MEAP Results (Grade 3-9)
Chippewa Valley (CV), L'Anse Creuse (LC), New Haven (NH), Utica (U)
From 2010 to 2011, all districts, with the exception of New Haven Community Schools, saw their percentage of students considered proficient in math increase.
Again, with the exception of New Haven, all districts saw the percentage of students considered proficient in writing increase from 2010 to 2011.
The percentage of students proficient in science actually decreased in all districts from 2010 to 2011.
Only in Utica did the percentage of students proficient in social studies increase from 2010 to 2011.
All districts saw the percentage of students proficient in reading, writing and math increase from 2010 to 2011.
New Haven saw a slight decrease in the percentage of students proficient in math, but all other districts saw percentages increase in reading, math and science from 2010 to 2011.
The percentage of students proficient in social studies decreased in all districts from 2010 to 2011.
To view 2010 retroactive scores for all Macomb Township's school districts, click here.