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Saline's ACT and MME Scores Up, Besting Peers in Washtenaw County

Data from the Michigan Department of Education shows Saline's Class of 2013 did better on the Michigan Merit Exam than peers at Chelsea, Dexter and Pioneer.

Saline High School students easily bested state averages and were at or near the top of county rankings on Michigan Merit Exam (MME) and ACT tests taken this year..

On MME tests, in comparison with Pioneer, Chelsea, Dexter, Ypsilanti and Milan high schools, Saline High School had the highest percentage of students meeting proficiency in reading, writing and social studies. Saline was second to Pioneer in math and science. In the test, taken each spring by high school juniors, Saline also showed improvement in every test subject except science, where the same percentage of students met state proficiency levels is in 2011.

In the ACT tests, Saline best every state average, improved on every score from 2011, and had the highest "all subjects" ACT score in the county.

The MDE adopted a tougher standard for passing the MME this year to better represent the number of students who are college-ready. Students had to score higher on the tests to receive a passing, or "proficient", score. The following numbers also show scores for the past three years, which were retrospectively adjusted to reflect the new MME scoring standards.

Saline High School's 2012 MME Scores Compared to State Averages, Nearby Schools, and Past Performance (Percent of students who met proficiency)

School Reading Writing Math Science Social Studies Saline HS 83 78 63 53 72 State Avg 56 49 29 26 41 Pioneer HS 76 73 65 54 67 Chelsea HS 79 66 59 51 59 Dexter HS 79 71 52 49 62 Ypsilanti HS 31 23 13 10 19 Milan 55 52 31 23 38 Saline 2011 82 75 62 53 69 Saline 2010 80 75 57 47 63 Saline 2009 76 72 57 51 71

Statewide, student achievement on the MME showed positive one-year gains and even larger four-year gains in mathematics, reading, writing, and science, the Michigan Department of Education reported.

Saline High School's 2012 ACT Scores Compared to State Averages, Nearby Schools, and Past Performance (Percent of students who met proficiency)

School All Subjects  Reading Math Science Writing English Saline HS 24.3 24.4 24.4 24.1 7.5 24.4
State Avg 19.6 19.5
19.7
19.9
6.8
21.3 Pioneer HS 24.2 24.6 24.9 23.8 7.9 23.6 Chelsea HS 22.6 22.6 23.3 22.6 7.9 21.3 Dexter HS 22.9 23.3 22.8 22.8 7.5 22.5 Ypsilanti HS 16.5 16.7 17 17.1 6.2 14.6 Milan 19.8 19.5 20.1 20 7.1 19 Saline 2011 23.8 23.7 23.6 23.7 7.4 23.3 Saline 2010 23.6 23.4 23.7 23.4 7.3 23.2 Saline 2009 22.9 22.9 23.2 22.9 7.5 22.2

The overall composite scores for Michigan high school juniors on the ACT college-entrance exam also increased for the fourth consecutive year, as did the percentage of Michigan students who are career- and college-ready.

This is a developing story. Check back with Saline Patch for comments from Saline administrators.

Tran Longmoore June 29, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I corrected the Saline ACT score, from 18.8 to 24.4. Thanks for pointing this out
john Waterman June 29, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Way to go Saline schools. I am proud of the teachers who are making a personal sacrifices to keep the schools strong. It is just sad that we reward your continued success by cutting your salaries. Some day I hope we can reward you for your dedication and sacrifices.

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