MEAP chart: Washtenaw County public and charter schools post mixed results
A look at results of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program released by the state last week shows most public school districts in Washtenaw County followed the statewide trend of boosting performance slightly in math and reading.
Results in social studies, writing, and science, which, unlike reading and math, are not tested in every grade were more mixed, with gains in some areas and drops in others.
Charter school results were also mixed, with gains in some areas and declines in others.
In many Washtenaw County districts, a larger percentage of students scored at or above the proficient level than in the state as a whole. Districts on the eastern side of the county, which generally have higher populations of poor students, struggled to keep pace with the statewide average however. Low-income students generally don’t perform as well on standardized tests as their wealthier peers.
The percentage of students in Lincoln, Willow Run and Ypsilanti districts who met or exceeded the standard was below the statewide average in all grades in reading and math. Milan, Manchester and Whitmore Lake also failed to meet the statewide average in some categories on the test.
You can download a chart showing Washtenaw County school district and charter school performance here.
The chart is compiled from the 2011 state data released Wednesday. The 2010 results are included and have been adjusted to reflect the new, tougher state cut scores. The State Board of Education approved raising the percentage of questions students had to get right on the MEAP test in order to be judged proficient last year . Districts have been warning parents for months to expect a dramatic change in passing rates.
The higher cut scores bring Michigan into a more comparable standing with states across the country and will improve upon college readiness, the state said. The old scores painted an inaccurate picture of students’ proficiency, state officials said.