The Michigan Department of Education recently released the 2012-13 report, showing statewide scores remained about the same, but local scores varied by district.
Statewide scores on the Michigan Merit Exam remained about the same for student proficiency. Local ACT scores were close or above the state’s composite of 19.7 (out of a possible 36) during the 2012-13 school year.
Grand Haven's Central High School fell two full points from 2011-12 to 15.5, more than four points below the state’s average composite.
Fruitport High School’s score was also below the state average, decreasing slightly to 18.6.
Although Spring Lake High School's ACT score dropped from 22.8 to 22.3, it was still far above the state average.
Grand Haven High School’s ACT score increased slightly to 21.6, nearly two points above the state average.
Michigan Merit Exam scores remained about the same in math and science for Grand Haven. Reading scores increased from 60 percent proficient to 71 percent.
Mary Jane Evink, the district's curriculum specialist, said that increase is the result of the district’s focus on literacy through its “Homework Tonight: Read” campaign.
Grand Haven's science proficiency scores remained about the same at 38 percent, but Evink said they are looking to improve that score through special training for science teachers in grades 6-12, who will attend training in August to learn an inquiry-based method of teaching. The new learning approach means more questioning and allowing students the opportunity for more critical thinking to be engaged in their lessons.
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