The Michigan Department of Education released the Fall 2012 Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) results showing student gains for reading, mathematics and writing in all grades and most demographic groups.
“We’re moving in the right direction and that’s a credit to our schools, parents and the students themselves,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “But much work remains and achieving further gains will demand our continued commitment. Michigan’s future depends on the quality of education and preparation our students receive. It is critical to ensure our children are ready when they first enter school and are on track to be career and college ready by the time they graduate.”
Students showed gains in reading proficiency at all grade levels, particularly in grades three and eight (4.1 and 5.2 percent gain respectively). Mathematics also had proficiency gains at all grade levels, with the largest gains occurring in grades three, four and five (4.6, 5.0 and 6.1 percent gain respectively). Writing proficiency saw a 4.4 percent increase in grade seven and a 2.2 percent increase in grade four.
“These gains demonstrate Michigan’s teachers and students are rising to the challenge of the rigorous standards established last year,” said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan. “I am encouraged by the progress being made in Michigan schools and look forward to the continued efforts to help all students achieve at a higher level in all subjects.”
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