Results from the fall 2012 Michigan Education Assessment Program tests revealed an increase in student performance throughout all grades in reading, math and writing.
Each year, students in grades 3-8 are tested in reading and math for the statewide program. Students in grades 4 and 7 are also tested in writing, students in grades 5 and 8 are tested in science, and students in grades 6 and 9 are tested in social studies.
Math scores in Spring Lake Public Schools improved 35 percent, which Superintendent Dennis Furton said was one of the highest improvements they’ve ever achieved. He said that was an area of focus after student scores had slipped in previous MEAPs.
One of the ways they boosted student achievement, Furton said, was by identifying areas where students struggled and creating a method to help them learn a different way.
Furton said the district also improved in 10 of the 18 categories students were tested in. Improvements ranged from 10 to 35 percent.
“That’s very pleasing,” he said.
For students in Grand Haven Area Public Schools, the year started off and has continued with a focus on improving writing skills. Fourth-graders' proficiency increased from 57 percent in the 2011-12 school year to 69 percent this past fall.
Mary Jane Evink, curriculum specialist for the Grand Haven district, said they made writing a focus for the year because those scores went down in the previous year's MEAP and ACT scores.
While Evink said they can’t be certain if it’s instruction or a change in questions, the increased proficiency is a positive note.
“To see scores go up is always validating to some degree,” she said.
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