Plymouth-Canton's 2012 MEAP Results Show Overall Gains
School district scores well above state averages. Overall, most scores are up from the 2011 test.
The annual MEAP results, released Monday morning, showed academic improvement in most areas for Plymouth-Canton students in the last year.
The results show students maintaining a higher level of proficiency in every grade level and every subject than peers statewide.
The 2012 Michigan Educational Assessment Program measures progress in subjects such as math, reading, writing, science and social studies for third through ninth-graders.
In the data released publicly Monday, 58.4 percent of Plymouth-Canton eighth-grade students were ranked proficient in math - meaning they met or exceeded state standards - versus 53.5 percent in 2011. Eighth-grade students also saw changes in their reading scores, with 76.6 percent proficiency in 2012 versus 72.9 percent proficiency in 2011.
In math, scores were up across the board from 2011, save for eighth-graders, who showed a districtwide decline of 0.8 percentage points proficiency.
Reading scores jumped in most grade levels, but fourth and fifth grades showed small declines.
Locally, several districts saw profiency ratings drop in 2011 due to new cut scores from the state. The new scores were based on students getting more of the answers correct than in year's past. And this year's results are the first apples-to-apples comparison based on those new guidelines.
Statewide reading, mathematics and writing scores saw positive gains compared to the previous year, the Michigan Department of Education said in a press release.
“These gains demonstrate Michigan’s teachers and students are rising to the challenge of the rigorous standards established last year,” State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said in a press release. “I am encouraged by the progress we are making in Michigan and look forward to the continued efforts to help all students achieve at a higher level in all subjects.”
Here's a look at the 2012 MEAP results:
MEAP Reading Scores
MEAP Math Scores
MEAP Writing Scores
MEAP Science Scores
MEAP Social Studies Scores
Source: Michigan Department of Education