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2012 MEAP Results Show Improvements from 2011

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The state says students showed gains in reading proficiency at all grade levels, particularly in grades 3 and 8. Results for mathematics also had proficiency gains at all grade levels, with the largest gains occurring in grades 3, 4, and 5. Writing proficiency saw increases in grades 4 and 7.

The Michigan Department of Education released the results of the Fall 2012 MEAP test Monday.

Both 5th and 8th grade science saw declines from 2011, of 2.2 percent and 0.6 percent respectively. 9th grade social studies also saw a fractional decline of 0.1 percent.

"We're moving in the right direction and that's a credit to our schools, parents and the students themselves," Governor Rick Snyder said in a release. "But much work remains and achieving further gains will demand our continued commitment. Michigan's future depends on the quality of education and preparation our students receive."

For Lansing, scores were generally better in 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades. But 4th grade was down across the board and the 9th grade social studies scores fell, as well. Superintendent Yvonne Caamal-Canul says at this point, she's focusing on step-by-step improvements the district can make in some of those areas where results weren't so good.

"Looking at overall district-wide, what is the trend are we going up as a district are we going down as a district? How is each school performing on these measures--the next look will be what is each grade level doing, and then the final look, and that's a look the schools need to be taking and that is student by student," said Caamal-Canul.

A few schools in Lansing also scored to be considered priority schools, that means their MEAP results fell in the bottom 5 percent of the state.

In Jackson, 6th and 7th graders improved across the board, and 9th graders saw a slight increase in their social studies scores. But by and large, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 8th graders saw just about all of  their scores fall from the year before.

The MEAP, or Michigan Educational Assessment Program, is an annual assessment that tests students in grades 3-9 on subjects including reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Reading and math are tested each year in grades 3 through 8; writing is tested in grades 4 and 7; science is tested in grades 5 and 8; and social studies are tested in grades 6 and 9.

Districts stand to lose funding if students do not meet expectations.

To see scores of all schools in the state, visit Seen on 6.

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