Most Farmington MEAP Proficiency Rates Drop

But the district's students outperformed state averages under tougher standards.

There's good news and bad news for in the 2011 Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) proficiency scores, released Wednesday morning. 

While local students outpaced state averages at every grade level and in every subject area, year-to-year proficiency rates show declines across all grade levels. All of the results reflect new "cut scores" — the passing scores that distinguish between whether a student is advanced, proficient, partially proficient or not proficient in certain subjects — adopted by the State Board of Education in September.

With the more rigorous cut scores, students need to get roughly 65 percent of the answers correct to be judged proficient, instead of the previous benchmark of only 39 percent.

The percentage of Farmington Schools' third-, fourth-, seventh- and eighth-graders proficient in reading rose slightly from last year. Fifth-grade reading proficiency held steady, and eighth-grade science proficiency rose from 16.2 percent to 19.2 percent. However, numbers in all other subjects, at all grade levels tested, declined from 2010.

Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch will meet Wednesday with school officials to get their reactions, and we'll take a deeper dive into the data with building-by-building numbers. In the meantime, here's a quick look at the percentage of local students judged proficient by grade level and subject area: 


2011 MEAP Results Grade Subject FPS State

3 Math 46.2 36 3 Reading 71.3 62

4 Math 49.6 39 4 Reading 76.5 67 4 Writing 55.4 44

5 Math 43.4 39.6 5 Reading 76.7 68.8 5 Science 22 15.3

6 Math 49.3 37 6 Reading 76.9 67 6 S. Studies 39.2 27

7 Math 47.5 37 7 Reading 71.7 59 7 Writing 57.4 47

8 Math 53.4 29.4 8 Reading 69.9 60.5 8 Science 19.2 16.5

9 S. Studies 38.5 35


Farmington Schools MEAP Scores Grade Subject 2011 2010 2009 2008

03 Math 46.2 52.8 52.1 55.8 03 Reading 71.3 70.9 77.0 74.5

49.6 57.6 56.7 57.5 04 Reading 76.5 75.1 75.8 74.9 04 Writing 55.4 60.5 NA NA

05 Math 43.4 52.0 57.7 49.6 05 Reading 76.7 76.7 79.8 76.3 05 Science 22.0 25.2 20.2 25.6

06 Math 49.3 62.0 56.0 51.5 06 Reading 76.9 79.0 74.9 68.1 06 S. Studies 39.2 41.7 47.2 46.3

07 Math 47.5 52.3 58.3 52.9 07 Reading 71.7 65.6 65.8 70.4 07 Writing 57.4 59.4 NA NA

08 Math 53.4 56.1 54.2 52.5 08 Reading 69.9 68.3 68.8 62.8 08 Science 19.2 16.2 20.7 25.4

09 S. Studies 38.5 44.8 48.8 52.2

Source: State of Michigan Department of Education

melissa February 15, 2012 at 05:59 PM
While I realize this is only a "snapshot" of my kids' performance on that particular day, can we all concede that answering 65% of questions correctly on any test should not be a passing grade? Even on a very generous scale, that would be a "D".
David Anderson February 15, 2012 at 06:06 PM
While it is good to know that FPS "... students outpaced state averages at every grade level and in every subject area ...", I would like to know how we performed against our peers, our competitors, our neighbors. Presuming MEAP is an attribute of performance that is considered when "choosing" a district, where does FPS rank amongst our peers/competitiors/neighbors? Is the district improving, treading water, or trending down?
Bob Austin February 15, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Do the students at OLS and St. Fabian take the meap tests as well? I would be interested to know how the public school education fares against the private school education in that realm.
Bryce February 15, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Wait for it. Here it comes... Someone, somewhere, will use this report as a reason for spending more on education.
Joni Hubred-Golden (Editor) February 15, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Bob, private schools are not required to administer the MEAP test. I believe charter schools are, however.
Joni Hubred-Golden (Editor) February 15, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Melissa, I asked Kris Gekiere, who is the school district's MEAP "guru", why the state standard for ranking a student as "proficient" has dropped over the years. This is someone who lives and breathes this stuff, and even she didn't have the answer. But the cut score for math, for instance, has dropped over the years from 38-55 percent (depending on grade level) to 29-35 percent. As a result, the new standard in some cases more than doubles the requirement to be deemed proficient.
Joni Hubred-Golden (Editor) February 15, 2012 at 11:12 PM
David, I could get that information from our immediate neighbors - Livonia, Novi, West Bloomfield, Southfield. Are there others you'd like to see?
S February 15, 2012 at 11:29 PM
What are really sad are the science scores. No wonder our country is falling behind the rest of the world What is good news is that it appears that our kids will be able to "read" about their failures in this area, but will they understand what they are reading? Don't even get me started on social studies. A district that has decided that American government is unnecessary says it all.
David Anderson February 16, 2012 at 12:53 AM
The BOE has said that FPS is achieving excellence and often uses standardized test scores v State averages as support. What I want to know is how do we compare locally to the districts that would be competing for the same students. I think our immediate neighbors include West Bloomfield, Bloomfield, Birmingham, Novi, Northville, Livonia, Plymouth-Canton. Where do we rank? Have we gotten better/worse against this same cohort over the years?
Kelli Carpenter-Crawford February 16, 2012 at 02:30 AM
I'm assuming that % proficient includes "proficient" and above (advanced), but just thought I'd ask the question. Thanks, as always, for the timely reporting Joni.
melissa February 16, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Thanks, Joni, for asking the questions. I'm still not sure I understand the state's definition of proficient. Perhaps it's just an issue of semantics. Like David, I'm curious about neighboring communities, as it definitely relates to issues of choice for current and prospective residents. Thanks again. I look forward to more information.
MKP February 16, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Question please - I need clarification as to how the above grid is calculated? For example, the MEAP scores for Math are out of 554; if a child gets 479, its around 86%. Where are the above percentages reflecting or how are they calculated. Thanks !
Joni Hubred-Golden (Editor) February 18, 2012 at 12:50 AM
MKP, those percentages represent the percentage of students at each grade level who were judged at least "proficient" - Kelli, it does include advanced as well.
Joni Hubred-Golden (Editor) February 18, 2012 at 12:52 AM
S, what do you mean by the district deciding that American government is unnecessary? I keep hearing that, but I'm not seeing that it has been dropped from the curriculum.


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