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Some Bright Spots Shine in Farmington Schools MEAP Results

While overall district proficiency results declined, some schools made gains.

As  officials look at measured by state MEAP (Michigan Educational Assessment Program) tests, some bright spots emerge.

Officials have explained that higher cut scores – the passing scores that distinguish between whether a student is advanced, proficient, partially proficient or not proficient in certain subjects – have moved students judged proficient last year to partially proficient this year. 

But in every elementary, upper elementary and middle school, at least one class made progress. 

The greatest subject area of improvement was reading. Student proficiency improved in reading at Warner Upper Elementary (5th grade); East (7th-8th grades) and Dunckel (7th grade) middle schools; and Beechview (3rd-4th grades), Gill (3rd grade), Kenbrook (4th grade), Lanigan (4th grade),  Longacre (3rd-4th grades), Forest (3rd grade), Wood Creek (4th grade) and  Highmeadow (3rd-4th grades) elementary schools.

Writing proficiency improved at East (7th grade), Gill (4th grade), Beechview (4th grade) and Lanigan (4th grade). Fourth graders at Kenbrook and Lanigan and 3rd graders at Longacre and improved their math scores.

Science proficiency among East 8th graders jumped from 10.1 percent to 18.1 percent, and 6th graders improved their social studies proficiency from 40.4 percent to 43.8 percent. 

Cut scores determined by statistics

Kristin Gekiere, the district's director of assessment and school improvement, said state officials set cut scores based on purely statistical information that links 11th grade Michigan Merit Exam (MME) scores to college grades, and then MEAP scores to the MME scores:

  • "Advanced" is now defined as having a 2-in-3 or greater chance of earning an A or B in college, or being proficient on the next grade level test. 
  • "Proficient" students have a 1-in-2 to 2-in-3 chance of earning an A or B in college, or being proficient on the next grade level test. 
  • "Partially proficient" students have a 1-in-3 to 1-in-2 chance of earning an A or B in college, or being proficient on the next grade level test. 
  • "Not proficient" students have less than a 1-in-3 chance of earning an A or B in college, or being proficient on the next grade level test. 

Gekiere noted the science proficiency at all levels is particularly low, because of a much higher standard than in the other subject areas. She encouraged anyone interested in learning more about how the new cut scores were set to watch an 11-minute video, linked on the district's website

She acknowledged this can all be difficult to understand. "The tests haven't changed. The standards haven't changed. But the level of being proficient has changed," she said. 

Here's a look, school by school, at the percentage of students testing proficient or advanced in 2011 and previous years:

High Schools

Building Gr Subject 2011 2010 2009 2008 Farmington 09 S. Studies 38.5 46.2 47.7 52.4 N. Farmington 09 S. Studies 45 50.5 58.1 58.5 Harrison 09 S. Studies 32.8 36.5 41.2 45.7

Middle Schools

Building Gr Subject 2011 2010 2009 2008 East 07 Math 44.4 51.1 43.9 43 East 07 Reading 70.9 61.5 55.9 63.5 East 07 Writing 59.2 58.4 N/A N/A






East 08 Math 49.5 49.7 45.6 45.9 East 08 Reading 67.9 62.5 63.3 61.1 East 08 Science 18.1 10.1 16.9 21.4






Dunckel 07 Math 51.6 53.7 70.2 67 Dunckel
07 Reading 72.6 70.5 76.1 76.7 Dunckel
07 Writing 55 60.6 N/A N/A






Dunckel 08 Math 57.5 63.2 71.7 63.1 Dunckel 08 Reading 72 74.5 75.2 70 Dunckel 08 Science 20.5 22.8 25.7 34.4

Upper Elementary

Building Gr Subject 2011 2010 Warner 05 Math 48.9 55.4 Warner 05 Reading 77.6 77.3 Warner 05 Science 21.7 25.1




Warner 06 Math 50.2 64.6 Warner 06 Reading 76 79.4 Warner 06 S.Studies 35.5 42.9




Power 05 Math 36.7 48 Power 05 Reading 75.6 76.1 Power 05 Science 22.3 25.3




Power 06 Math 48.2 59.2 Power 06 Reading 78 78.7 Power 06 S.Studies 43.8 40.4

Elementary

Building Gr Subject 2011 2010 2009 2008 Beechview 03 Math 29 39.4 41.8 43.2 Beechview 03 Reading 56.1 46.9 68.5 68.4 Beechview 04 Math 47.1 58.4 57.3 52.2 Beechview 04 Reading 77.3 75 70.1 74.1 Beechview 04 Writing 68.2 57.5 N/A N/A






Gill 03 Math 42 43.1 57.6 61.8 Gill 03 Reading 74.2 65.5 78.3 77.3 Gill 04 Math 43 50.8 48.9 52.3 Gill 04 Reading 67.6 68.5 76.1 67.8 Gill 04 Writing 54.6 50.8 N/A N/A






Kenbrook 03 Math 47.1 63.1 47.1 53.3 Kenbrook 03 Reading 70.9 81.9 70.6 70.7 Kenbrook 04 Math 63.5 60.2 54.9 52 Kenbrook 04 Reading 84.5 76.3 72 79.7 Kenbrook 04 Writing 57.1 60.2 N/A N/A






Lanigan 03 Math 42 56.3 39.1 47.4 Lanigan 03 Reading 65 68.9 78.1 69.3 Lanigan 04 Math 37.5 32.6 36.7 42.3 Lanigan 04 Reading 75 69.5 69.6 67.6 Lanigan 04 Writing 52.9 49.5 N/A N/A






Longacre 03 Math 58.1 57.1 56.7 69.3 Longacre 03 Reading 78.1 71.9 86.4 82.2 Longacre 04 Math 51.1 59.5 76.1 60 Longacre 04 Reading 81.8 76.6 82.9 70 Longacre 04 Writing 52.3 66.2 N/A N/A






Forest 03 Math 66.7 66.7 68.8 75.5 Forest 03 Reading 87.3 73.1 87.7 88.7 Forest 04 Math 63.2 68.1 69.8 65.3 Forest 04 Reading 75.3 89 88.5 79.6 Forest 04 Writing 64.9 75.8 N/A N/A






Wood Creek 03 Math 30.4 41.4 39.1 36.1 Wood Creek 03 Reading 56.8 65.5 58.7 62.3 Wood Creek 04 Math 41.3 56.3 30.2 29.2 Wood Creek 04 Reading 69.6 64.7 63 66.7 Wood Creek 04 Writing 33.7 49 N/A N/A






Highmeadow 03 Math 67.9 75.9 72.2 70.4 Highmeadow 03 Reading 92.5 88.9 92.6 75.5 Highmeadow 04 Math 67.3 81.5 79.6 96.2 Highmeadow 04 Reading 92.3 90.7 90.6 92.3 Highmeadow 04 Writing 69.2 79.6 N/A N/A






Hillside 03 Math 47.7 42.7 52 50 Hillside 03 Reading 70.9 76.9 70 75 Hillside 04 Math 45.7 63.4 62.6 57.1 Hillside 04 Reading 75 75.9 76.4 72.5 Hillside 04 Writing 57.1 67.9 N/A N/A

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