2012-07-25 / Front Page

CPS, Sandusky best on tests

MME results reported for schools
BY CAROL SEIFFERLEIN
features editor


These figures reflect the percentage of high school juniors who scored well enough on the Michigan Merit Exam to be considered proficient in those subjects. The ACT number is a composite score of the students in each school who passed the college entrance test. The college ready column indicates the percentage of students who passed the English, reading, math and science portions of the ACT exam, and are considered ready for a career or college. These figures reflect the percentage of high school juniors who scored well enough on the Michigan Merit Exam to be considered proficient in those subjects. The ACT number is a composite score of the students in each school who passed the college entrance test. The college ready column indicates the percentage of students who passed the English, reading, math and science portions of the ACT exam, and are considered ready for a career or college. Carsonville-Port Sanilac students performed better than the state average on all the Michigan Merit Exams, and Sandusky beat state scores on all but one of the five subject matter tests.

Both schools also out-performed the state average on the college entrance exam composite, and the college-career ready standard.

However, the merit exam scores are not as high as they used to be because this year the state used higher standards to rate high school juniors.

“I am very proud of the kids...I also give a lot of credit to my teachers for sticking to the plan and to Scott’s (Bular, junior/senior high principal and curriculum director) leadership,” stated CPS Superintendent Ann Binienda.

She said the teach- ers did all the things everyone suggests from incorporating the state bench marks in lesson plans to familiarizing students with timed tests.

Binienda said teachers are linked to the students every time they have them now, and their students’ growth will be part of the new teacher evaluations, as soon the state lets districts know how they want that done.

Binienda also admitted this year’s group is a more college oriented class.

“Everybody knows you go through some classes that are more academically oriented than others...All students aren’t going to progress in the same way, but you want them to improve,” she stated.

However, Bular said he does not know how realistic it is to expect the majority of students to meet the collegeready standard.

“Some didn’t pass them all and go on and do fine in college,” he said.

“I’m fairly pleased, this is two years in a row we’ve had high scores...to have (scores) above the state average in all but one (category),” said Sandusky Superintendent Mike Carmean.

“We are continuing to climb and that is important to us. It is a real good indication of where we are going,” Carmean added.

When the new standards are applied to previous scores, the department of education says student achievement on the merit exams shows positive oneyear gains and even larger four-year gains in mathematics, reading, writing, and science. In the past, students only had to master basic skills to be termed proficient.

The state average saw the biggest gain in reading and writing. Reading saw an average one-year increase of three percent and a four-year increase of nearly seven percent. Writing went up an average of 2.5% in one year, six percent over four years. These increases resulted in 55.9 percent of tested students attaining proficiency in reading and 49.5 percent attaining proficiency in writing statewide.

Mathematics and science also showed positive gains across the state.

Mathematics increased an average of 1.8 percent over last year and 3.4 percent over the past four years, for an average percent proficiency rate of 29.1 percent statewide.

Science scores are increasing slower.

The science numbers are up slightly over last year (0.3 percent), but rose an average of 3.8 percent over the past four years (resulting in a 2012 average percent proficiency rate of 25.8 percent statewide).

The merit exam is given to juniors each spring over a three-day period. These numbers do not include the result of re-tests.

The department of education also notes the average ACT entrance exam scores rose in English (18.3 to 18.7), reading (19.2 to 19.5), mathematics (19.5 to 19.7), and overall composite score (19.4 to 19.6). However, the average science score remained at 19.9. The percentage of Michigan students who are career- and college-ready according to the governor’s education dashboard is also rising. The percentage of students meeting the career/college benchmark in all ACT subjects has continued to rise steadily over the past four years (from 15.2 percent in 2009 to 17.7 percent in 2012). The ACT tested students in English, reading, mathematics, and science.

The vast majority of high school students in Michigan take the merit exam, however, it is not appropriate for some students with disabilities. The state has developed three alternate assessment programs for those students. The kind of exam used for the students with disabilities is determined by the student’s Individualized Education Program Team.

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