Area MEAP scores show progress

By SHERRI KOLADE

Times-Herald Newspapers

Results for the fall 2012 Michigan Education Assessment Program scores show that Dearborn and Dearborn Heights students in grades 3 through 9 performed better in writing and reading than subjects like math or science although many tested in math, science and social studies met or exceeded state expectations.

The MEAP scores were released Feb. 11.

In the Dearborn Public Schools, 35.1 percent of the 1,450 tested third-graders came in as proficient in math, while 49.7 percent of them were proficient in reading.

In fourth grade, of the 1,458 students tested in math, reading and writing, they were found proficient with scores of 40 percent, 57 percent, and 35.6 percent respectively.

In fifth grade, 41.3 percent of the tested 1,515 students were found 41 percent proficient in math, 52.9 percent in reading and 7.5 percent in science.

In sixth grade, 1,364 students were tested in math, reading and social studies, with 41.6 percent, 45.3 percent and 24.3 percent scores ranking as “proficient.”

Approximately 1,448 seventh-graders were tested in math, reading and writing, and 33.6 percent, 42.7 percent, and 40.8 percent were tested as proficient in the categories.

In eighth grade, 1,427 students tested in math, reading and science, with proficiency scores of 22 percent, 53.3 percent, and 10.2 percent.

About 1,811 ninth-graders tested in social studies scored 17.7 percent in proficiency.

About 243 Crestwood School District third-grade students scored 48.5 percent proficient in math and 60.7 percent for reading.

Approximately 220 fourth-grade students in the district scored 46 percent proficient in math, 67.7 percent in reading and 40.8 percent in writing.

In fifth grade, 43.6 percent scored proficient in math, with scores for reading at 58.6 percent and science at 6 percent. About 250 students took the test.

Sixth-grade students in the district scored 37.9 proficient in math, 49.3 percent in reading and 22.6 percent in social studies. The test was taken by 248 students.

Seventh-grade students were 43.7 percent proficient in math, 53.6 percent in reading and 51.6 percent in writing. Tested were 254 students.

In eighth grade, 25.7 percent were proficient in math, 64.5 percent in reading, and 8.4 percent in science. Approximately 275 students were tested.

Ninth graders were tested in social studies and 17 percent of the 352 tested scored in the proficient category.

Third-grade scores in Dearborn Heights District 7 represented 28 percent of students scoring in the “proficient” category for math and 60 percent for reading. The test was taken by 168 students.

Fourth grade students in the district scored 37 percent proficient in math, 60.3 percent in reading and 38 percent in writing. The test was taken by 184 students.

In fifth grade, 33.5 percent scored proficient in math, with scores for reading and science in that category at 51.9 percent and 7 percent.  About 215 students took the test.

Sixth-grade students in the district scored 35.3 proficient in math, 40

percent in reading and 18.3 percent in social studies. Taking the test were roughly 219 students.

Seventh grade had 24.2 percent of students scoring proficient in math, 46 percent in reading and 40.3 percent in writing. About 248 students were tested.

In eighth grade, 17.9 percent tested proficient in math, 55.9 percent in reading, and 7.7 percent in science of the roughly 247 students tested.

Ninth-graders were tested in social studies and 12.8 percent of the 383 tested scored proficient.

Westwood Community Schools third-grade students scored 10.7 percent “proficient” in math and 38.1 percent proficient in reading of the 126 students tested.

Fourth-graders scored proficient in math, reading and writing with 23.8 percent, 52.5 percent and 31 percent. About 123 students were tested.

In fifth grade, 17 percent of the 111 students tested were proficient in math, 43.2 percent in reading, and none were found proficient in science.

In sixth grade, 9.1 percent of the 111 tested students were proficient in math, 42.7 in reading, and 9.1 percent in social studies.

In seventh grade, 4.6 percent of the 109 students tested were proficient in math, 31 percent in reading, and 33 percent in writing.

In eighth grade, 8.5 percent of the 118 tested students were proficient in math, 48.7 percent in reading and 3 percent in science.

Ninth grade students were tested in social studies and 5.2 percent of the 414 students tested were found proficient in that subject.

Phone calls and emails left with DPS Supt. Brian Whiston, Westwood Supt. Sue Carnell, Dearborn Heights District 7 Supt. Jeffrey Bartold and Crestwood Supt. Laurine VanValkenburg were not returned by press time.

      (Sherri Kolade can be reached at skolade@bewickpublications.com.)