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MEAP Results Show Students Struggling With Science

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MI (WLNS) - The MEAP results are in for the fall 2013 school year.

The Michigan Department of Education released the annual scores on Friday.

The scores showed mixed results across the board, looking at various grade levels for math, reading, science, social studies and writing.

The results show an increase in reading and writing scores for grades 6-8.

Math scores remained stable with an upward trend for all grades.

"I think there is good news in the fact that schools are showing improvement in most subject areas and grade levels," James Griffiths Michigan Department of Education.

While others don't think students made the grade.

"I don't think there is a ton to be super excited about in today's findings," said Sarah Lenhoff Director of Policy and Research, The Education Trust-Midwest.

Lehnhoff also adds that she thinks that the MEAP doesn't accurately reflect the proficiency level of students

"Its a relatively decent measure of student performance on our past standards but now that we've raised our standards, its really not giving us a clear and honest picture of student performance," said Lehnhoff.

The results show children are struggling with social studies. Students are doing progressively worse as the years go on, showing a downward trend over the past four years. Less than 30 percent of all students were at the proficient level or above.

Science is even tougher, revealing that less than 20 percent of students were at a proficient level or above.

According to the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan students perform lower in science than any other subject.

These numbers are still better than in previous years.

Officials at the Lansing school district also say they are following state-wide trends, but are slowly seeing improvements as part of their restructuring program.

"The marginal gains are encouraging we but still have a long way to go and we are going to encourage to take every step necessary to bring those scores up," said Peter Spadafore, Lansing School Board President.

This is the last MEAP test children will be administered. Beginning in spring 2015 students will take a new test.

Click: MEAP Online

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