MEAP math, reading scores up for some C-A students

FLINT TWP. — Carman- Ainsworth students showed improvement in 11 areas on MEAP scores released last week, said Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff, in a statement.

The Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) is an annual test that measures students’ proficiency in reading, writing, math and social studies in grades 3 through 9.

Reading and mathematics tests are done in grades 3 through 8; writing tests in grades 4 and 7; science tests in grades 5 and 8; and social studies tests in grades 6 and 9.

Testing was done in October.

“With the exception of 3rd and 7th grades, we were pleased with our math results which tend to be relatively strong in the early grades,” Tunnicliff said.

Scoring showed that 40.3 percent of third-graders met or exceeded desired math proficiency levels while 59.7 percent did not meet them.

For seventh graders, 24.3 met or exceeded proficiency levels while 75.7 percent did not.

Tunnicliff also noted “a marked improvement” in math scores at the Middle School with a 12 percentage point jump in 6th grade and also an increase in 8th grade, compared to 2011 scores.

The Middle School also showed improvement in reading scores of 5 to 7 percentage points in 6th and 8th grade respectively, but he acknowledged there is room to do better in science and elementary writing.

He linked improved MEAP performance to significant curriculum and instruction changes implemented at the beginning of the school year.

“We added a supplemental science course for all elementary students to explore science beyond what is taught in their regular classroom,” he said. “In writing, we have transitioned to more of a focus on informational and opinion writing in preparation for the new Common Core State Standards.”

Measuring the true impact of these innovations can not be fully tested until students take the test again in the fall because classes had barely begun when this year’s testing was done in October, he said.

District administrators look closely at aggregate test scores for all students but also take note of how much students have benefitted from a full year of instruction, he said.

With a transiency rate of about 20 percent over the past five years, there are many students who have been enrolled only two months in a C-A school when they take the MEAP test.

“When we look at students who have benefited from a full year’s worth of instruction at C-A, we find our percent of proficient students increases substantially,” Tunnicliff said. For students enrolled in C-A for at least a full year, in grades 3-6 the percentage of students deemed proficient in MEAP scoring increases an average of 5 points in math and 4 points in reading, he said.

You can find the complete results for C-A MEAP 2012 scores, online at eap.asp?dCode=25080&bCode=- 99&gCode=119&aCode=MEAP

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