Most Michigan students would fail MEAP, MME under tougher test standards
Just a little more than a third of Michigan students in grades 3-7 who took state math exams during the last school year would have earned passing marks if tough new standards had been in place, the Detroit Free Press reported today.
The article is based on data released today by the Michigan Department of Education.
The MDE today released data showing how students would have performed under the news system on the high school Michigan Merit Exam (MME) and the elementary and middle school Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP).
The state took the tough new standards for passing the exam - standards that now will require students to answer far more questions correctly to pass - and applied them retroactively to old test results, the Free Press reported.
These retro-scores will not be used to recalculate any school accountability measures such as Adequate Yearly Progress, according to the MDE. They provide historical context to prepare for the implementation of new cut scores, beginning with the scores from this fall's MEAP tests.
According to the data released by the MDE, third grade reading proficiency in Ann Arbor Public Schools — previously at 94 percent — will be closer to 91 percent when taking the new standards into account. To see how students in your area stack up, visit the Statewide Education Dashboard and select your school or district.