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Rochester MEAP Results at a Glance: Improvements in Math, Writing

Students in Rochester showed higher levels of proficiency in all subjects than students statewide, according to the 2012 MEAP data.

Students in Rochester Community Schools once again showed a higher level of proficiency in every subject at grade level than students statewide, according to the 2012 MEAP results released Monday by the Michigan Department of Education.

In several grades and subjects, the percentage of student proficiency in Rochester was almost twice that of students across Michigan.

See: A School-By-School Look at 2012 MEAP Results in Rochester.  

In addition, Rochester's MEAP results show a districtwide improvement in math and writing; in reading, students in most grades improved over last year. Results also show:

  • In Rochester, fifth-grade science proficiency declined from 2011 to 2012; in eighth-grade, science proficiency improved by .8 percentage points. 
  • Also declining in the district: proficiency in social studies for grades six  (-0.9 percent) and nine (-5.9 percent).
  • Meanwhile, across Michigan social studies proficiency saw a gain of 2.0 percent in grade six and a slight decline of proficiency in grade nine (-0.1).
  • Also in Michigan, science assessments saw a decline of 2.2 percent in grade five and a 0.6 percent drop in grade eight.

The once-a-year Michigan Educational Assessment Program tests are based on career- and college-ready standards and are the only statewide measure of what students know and are able to do in grades three through nine. 

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan praised the progress students showed in most subjects.

“These gains demonstrate Michigan’s teachers and students are rising to the challenge of the rigorous standards established last year,” said Flanagan in a statement. “I am encouraged by the progress we are making in Michigan and look forward to the continued efforts to help all students achieve at a higher level in all subjects.”

The MEAP test as a measure of student proficiency is, however, on its way out. Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, a new test will be given in Rochester and across the state. (Read Just the Facts: New Test to Replace MEAP.)

“The good news is that most student groups have made substantial progress in mathematics, and, in reading their progress has actually narrowed achievement gaps,” said Flanagan. “I have confidence that our highly skilled teachers will be able to use this and other data to develop strategies and interventions to help all students, in all subjects, succeed.”

Here's a look at the percent of students who have met or exceeded state standards in MEAP subjects in Rochester and across Michigan. To see specific school data, search this database on Patch.

MEAP reading 

Here's a look, grade by grade, at the percentage of students testing proficient or advanced in the reading portion of the test.


Grade 2011 2012 Rochester 3 77.7
83.1 Michigan 3 62.4 66.5 Rochester 4 83.8
85.2 Michigan 4 67.7
68.1 Rochester 5 88.3
88.0 Michigan 5 68.8
70.4 Rochester 6 87.3
85.9 Michigan 6 67
68.2 Rochester 7 84.5
86.0 Michigan 7 59.7
62.0 Rochester 8 84.6
87.1 Michigan 8 60.5
65.7

MEAP math 

Here's a look, grade by grade, at the percentage of students testing proficient or advanced in the math portion of the test.


Grade 2011 2012 Rochester 3 64 73.0 Michigan 3
36.3 40.9 Rochester 4 74.8 76.5 Michigan 4 39.9 44.9 Rochester 5 81.3 82.0 Michigan 5 39.6 45.7 Rochester 6 73.2 74.4 Michigan 6 37.1 40.2 Rochester 7 75.8 81.4 Michigan 7 37.2 38.4 Rochester 8 55.7 65.1 Michigan 8 29.4 32.5

MEAP writing 

Here's a look, grade by grade, at the percentage of students testing proficient or advanced in the writing portion of the test.


Grade 2011 2012 Rochester 4 70.2 72.2 Michigan 4 44.5 46.7 Rochester 7 73.9 81.5 Michigan 7 47.3 51.7

MEAP science 

Here's a look, grade by grade, at the percentage of students testing proficient or advanced in the science portion of the test.


Grade 2011 2012 Rochester 5 39.7 35.6 Michigan 5 15.3
13.1 Rochester 8 36 36.8 Michigan 8 16.5 15.9

MEAP social studies 

Here's a look, grade by grade, at the percentage of students testing proficient or advanced in the social studies portion of the test.


Grade 2011 2012 Rochester 6 56.3 55.6 Michigan 6 27.7 29.7 Rochester 9 60.8 54.9 Michigan 9 28.7 28.6

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Mike Reno February 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM
By 8th grade, we are almost getting two-thirds of our kids to achieve the bare minimum in Math. That means of the roughly 1200 8th graders, only 420 of them are below the state minimum. In Science, it's reversed. Of the 1200 8th graders, about 440 of them meet the MINIMUMS. 760 of them are below the minimum. Of course, not to worry: we outscore the rest of Michigan.
Kristin Bull (Editor) February 13, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Right, Mike. Why do you think that is? (The science scores, that is.) I'm curious (and, as you know, I don't yet have an eighth-grader to have any personal insight into this).
Kristen Famiano February 13, 2013 at 03:39 AM
I think evaluating the trend in the state gives some answers to the validity of the test. In my classroom, if only 15% of my class passed, I evaluated the assessment as well as my instruction. In this case, I would ask if the state is giving proper guidance to schools. That's just a thought. I don't know the answers to that. As an educator, giving any rationale to test scores sounds like excuses. I will just say there's always room for improvement. I think any teacher would agree.

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