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MEAP scores bring big smiles

Area schools show marked improvement in math, writing

April 16, 2008
LAPEER COUNTY — There's reason to celebrate the release of 2007's MEAP testing results, school officials say.

"Every district saw gains this year in 3rd, 6th, 7th and 8th grade scores," Laura Chambless of the Lapeer Intermediate School District said in a news release.

"In addition, 3rd and 4th graders' MEAP scores across the county averaged 93.8 percent student proficiency. Middle school scores had the most improvement: 6th grade gained 7.8 percent, 7th grade made gains of 9.2 percent and 8th grade had a gain of 3.2 percent," the release states.

The MEAP (Michigan Educational Assessment Program) was administered last October to students in grades three through nine. Each district's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is determined by the MEAP test results.

Chatfield, a Lapeer charter school, was the only institution to score 100 percent proficiency, that is, the percentage to meet or exceed the grade level standards. Those impressive numbers came in 3rd grade math and reading and 5th grade science.

Not too far behind the Lapeer school in 3rd grade math were Almont Elementary and Dryden Elementary schools with 98 percent proficiency.

Chambless also noted the encouraging gains each district recorded.

In Imlay City, 6th and 7th graders saw improved writing scores, gaining 11 and 16 percent respectively from 2006. Sixth graders' English-Language Arts (ELA) scores were up by 12 percent.

In Almont, scores were up double digits in 3rd and 5th grade writing along with 7th grade math.

Gains in the Dryden district included 3rd grade reading and writing, 4th grade reading, 7th grade math, 8th grade writing and ELA. Most notably, was Dryden's 7th grade writing score which jumped 35 percent from last year.

Dryden Elementary Principal Todd Bidlack said he and the staff were pleased with the testing's outcome.

"The students, parents and teachers were proud to hear that Dryden Elementary had some of the highest overall scores in the county in the areas of math, reading, science and social studies," Bidlack said.

"We are in our fourth year of our new math program and can clearly see the positive results with three grades scoring above 90 percent," he said, referring to 3rd, 4th and 6th grades.

Despite the gains, it's obvious there is still room for improvement when it comes to writing. None of the district scored better than 86 percent proficiency, with a few dipping below the state average.

"We recognize that we still have some work to do in the area of writing as does the entire State of Michigan," Bidlack said.

"Writing is and will continue to be our School Improvement Team's number one goal."

A science component is given to fifth and eighth graders in addition to reading, writing, math and ELA. Sixth graders take an additional test in social studies. The social studies test is the only test taken by ninth graders.

"Lapeer County Schools are excited about their gains this year, and will continue their efforts toward proficiency for every child," Chambless said.

Get the details on St. Clair County's Capac School District MEAP results in the April 23 edition of the Tri-City Times.

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