Michigan Merit Exam scores up in GH, mixed in SL

Michigan Merit Examination scores for this spring were released Tuesday, and results show that students mostly improved across the state - including in Grand Haven. The MME is given annually to 11th-graders and eligible 12th-graders across the state. It tests students' aptitude in reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Results from the exam are used to adjust school curriculum, and improving results show that more students will graduate with the skills needed for college or a career, according to state education officials.
Jordan Travis
Jun 30, 2011

 

Data from the state shows that students in Grand Haven Area Public Schools who took the test improved in all subjects. A higher percentage of them scored proficiently in reading (85 percent), writing (63 percent), math (72 percent), science (81 percent) and social studies (92 percent).

MME content area scores fall into one of four performance levels: advanced, proficient, partially proficient and not proficient. The Michigan Department of Education says students who have scores at the level of advanced or proficient are considered to be “proficient” in that subject.

“We are very pleased that our students are demonstrating continuous improvement,” Grand Haven Superintendent Keith Konarska said. “As a district, we continue to align our curriculum and course offerings to better prepare students for this critical measure of academic success.”

Scores for GHAPS students in all areas are well above county and state averages, said Ann Haruki-Shelton, the district’s communications officer.

The percentage of Spring Lake Public Schools students who scored proficiently fell in all subjects but math and writing. Proficient math scores rose to 81 percent of students tested this year from 77 percent in 2010. The biggest drop was in reading, where the number proficient-scoring students fell to 82 percent this year from 89 percent in 2010.

Spring Lake Superintendent Dennis Furton said he still needs to analyze the results more closely with teachers to see what was behind the drop in scores. While he thinks the MME is an important measure of student performance, it only shows part of the picture, he said.

“We don’t live and die by how we do on the MME test,” Furton said. “We think we can learn from the results, and it will drive instructional and curriculum decisions, but we’re careful to not overreact positively or negatively. I believe firmly we’ll have some answers as to why the changes occurred and we’ll make some changes.”

Michigan has given the MME for five years and scores in nearly all subjects have improved in that time, according to the state Department of Education.

“Students are being challenged with greater rigor and are achieving at higher levels,” state Superintendent Mike Flanagan said in a press release. “Michigan educators are to be commended for the efforts they put in to help more students learn and succeed.”

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