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Saline Area Schools Students Outperform State on 2012 MEAP Exams

However, the district's performance compared to its own 2011 results was not uniform, with some improvements and some declines.

Youngsters in the Saline Area Schools district performed better in all subject areas and at all grade levels than students statewide, according to the 2012 Michigan Educational Assessment Program results released Monday.

However, the district's performance compared to its own 2011 results was not uniform, with some improvements and some declines (see chart, below).

Public school students in grades three through nine were tested in math, reading, writing, social studies and/or science depending on the grade level during the MEAP exam taken during the fall.

Michigan students showed improvement in reading, math and writing in 2012, with the improvement seen in all grades and most demographic groups.

'Rising to the challenge'

Across Michigan, students made the biggest jump on the 2012 MEAP in reading proficiency for third and eighth graders – with a 4.1 and 5.2 percentage point gain, respectively. Proficiency in math and writing also improved, with a 6.1 percentage point gain in fifth-grade math.

However, science scores dropped across the state in 2012, particularly in fifth and eighth grade.

"These gains demonstrate (that) Michigan's teachers and students are rising to the challenge of the rigorous standards established last year," State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said 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."

Scores across Michigan took a hit in 2011 after the state implemented a new set of cut scores — scores that define the cut-off point for the various levels of proficiency on the MEAP: advanced, proficient, partially proficient and not proficient.

For a school-by-school breakdown of how each school performed on the 2012 MEAP, visit School Data: How Did Saline Students Perform On the MEAP Test?

Fall 2012 MEAP scores

Percentage of all Saline Area Schools students deemed proficient, as compared with those same percentages in 2011.

Grade 3


Saline 2012
Saline 2011 Michigan 2012 Math 69.9% 60.5% 40.9% Reading 86.3% 81% 66.5%

Grade 4


Saline 2012 Saline 2011 Michigan 2012 Math 71.6% 70% 44.9% Reading 81.7% 82.2% 68.1% Writing 62.9% 62.6% 46.7%

Grade 5


Saline 2012 Saline 2011 Michigan 2012 Math 78% 73.3% 45.7% Reading 87.4% 86.7% 70.4% Science 28.4% 31.5% 13.1%

Grade 6


Saline 2012 Saline 2011 Michigan 2012 Math 70.7% 68.1% 40.2% Reading 87.6% 83.8% 68.2% Social Studies 47.2% 44.6% 29.7%

Grade 7


Saline 2012 Saline 2011 Michigan 2012 Math 72.8% 71.6% 38.4% Reading 76.8% 85.1% 62% Writing 64.8% 62.5% 51.7%

Grade 8


Saline 2012 Saline 2011 Michigan 2012 Math 70.7% 61.4% 32.5% Reading 83.2% 78.9% 65.7% Science 27.2% 26.7% 15.9%

Grade 9


Saline 2012 Saline 2011 Michigan 2012 Social Studies 55.9% 55.1% 28.6%

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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