Students in grades 3-9 participated in the State of Michigan's Educational Assessment Program. The Michigan Educational Assessment Program, commonly known as MEAP, is a standardized test. The test is taken by all public school students in the state of Michigan from elementary school to middle/junior high school.
The ACT is a curriculum-based measure of college readiness. ACT components include tests of academic achievement in English, math, reading, and science. Each year, test data for our district represents a different cohort of students. As a result, we focus on multi-year trends rather than year-to-year changes.
In addition, we measure student performance in the context of collge readiness measures. Our focus is on the number and percentage of students meeting or exceeding ACT's College Readiness Benchmark Scores, a measure that is much more meaningful and understandable than an average composite score for a group of students. A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in a corresponding college course. The table below illustrates this:
On September 13, 2011, the State Board of Education adopted more rigorous standards for scores on the statewide achievement tests - the MEAP and MME - after initial approval to do so back in February. The changed "cut scores" were released so districts could calculate impact projections based on last year's student test scores. “Cut Scores” are an essential part of defining the levels of performance (e.g., Advanced; Proficient; Partially Proficient; or Not Proficient) on a given test, in light of the content being measured.
Previously, passing scores for these state assessments was set at a very basic level. These new scores will represent whether a student is on-track toward Career- and College-Readiness. With the improved cut scores, students will need to get roughly 65 percent of the answers correct to “pass” the state test, instead of only 39 percent as was the previous benchmark. For further questions on the "why" behind the changes, please click on Cut Score FAQ.
Understanding the New Michigan Cut Scores
This video, created by Wayne RESA, provides a look at the new State of Michigan cut scores for the MEAP and MME tests. It explores how they've been applied, how they impact schools and students, and the concepts of career and collge readiness.
* Originally posted on REMC MI Streamnet
Please feel free to direct questions regarding achievement data to David Potter, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.