Math Scores Up, Reading Down On MEAP Tests 3-31-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Math Scores Up, Reading Down On MEAP Tests 3-31-2011

Standardized tests scores for Michigan school children have risen in math and social studies while falling in reading.
The state released results Thursday from the Michigan Educational Assessment Program tests given last fall to students in grades three through eight. Ninth-graders also took a social studies test.
The percentage of students who were proficient or better in math rose in grades five through eight from a year earlier. The percentage of proficient third graders remained steady at fall 2009's 95 percent and fell one point to 91 percent for fourth graders.
Reading scores fell in grades three, six, seven and eight and were flat in grades four and five. Social studies scores rose in grades six and nine, the two grades tested.
The glance shows the percentage of students who met or exceeded proficiency standards, compared with 2009:
MATH:
  • Third grade: 95 percent, unchanged from 2009.
  • Fourth grade: 91 percent, down from 92 percent.
  • Fifth grade: 80 percent, up from 79 percent.
  • Sixth grade: 84 percent, up from 82 percent.
  • Seventh grade: 85 percent, up from 82 percent.
  • Eighth grade: 78 percent, up 70 percent.

READING:
  • Third grade: 87 percent, down from 90 percent.
  • Fourth grade: 84 percent, unchanged.
  • Fifth grade: 85 percent, unchanged.
  • Sixth grade: 84 percent, down from 88 percent.
  • Seventh grade: 79 percent, down from 82 percent.
  • Eighth grade: 82 percent, down from 83 percent.

WRITING:
  • Fourth grade: 47 percent, no test in 2009.
  • Seventh grade: 48 percent, no test in 2009.

SCIENCE:
  • Fifth grade: 78 percent, down from 81 percent.
  • Eighth grade: 78 percent, up from 76 percent.

SOCIAL STUDIES:
  • Sixth grade: 75 percent, up from 73 percent.
  • Ninth grade: 73 percent, up from 71 percent.
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