October 24, 2014

SSCS applies new state standards to last year’s MEAP, MME scores

By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH – Standish-Sterling Community Schools has received revised proficiency calculations, or cut scores, for the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) and Michigan Merit Exam (MME) tests taken last year.

SSCS Superintendent Darren Kroczaleski applied the state’s new proficiency standards to last year’s MEAP and MME scores to help show the board where the district currently stands.

Under the new cut scores, the district’s proficiency scores dropped significantly, most notably in science and math. Math proficiency percentages stood at 27, reading at 52, science at 25, writing at 47, and social studies at 41.

The application of the new standards does not change the official results of previous years’ tests, where scores ranged in the 70s and 80s.

“They are definitely much more rigorous standards,” said SSCS Board of Education President Dr. Leonard LeClair at the board’s Nov. 9 meeting. “There is a lot of work to do.”

Kroczaleski said this year’s tests, given out in October for grades three through nine, will only reflect last year’s schooling.

“We haven’t had a chance to adjust,” Kroczaleski said. “It should be interesting to see how they come out.”

Michigan is the third state to revamp its state testing requirements, alongside New York and Tennessee. The changes are intended to better prepare students for college and technical school training for the changing economy.

Kroczaleski said the district’s target has always been to be above the state average for these tests, a goal the implementation of the new scores won’t change.

“It’s going to be tough at first,” he said. “But we’re going to adjust to meet the state scores and exceed them.”

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