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Test Scores Jump for Michigan High School Students

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(WLNS) - This has been a good year for Michigan's high school students, especially in social studies and reading.

The Michigan Department of Education is releasing results of the spring Michigan Merit Exam that was given to all high school juniors.

Since last year's test, social studies results jumped 5.3 percent and reading scores climbed 5.2 percent.

Math, writing and science test results also continued an upward path year-to-year.

“Michigan students are making progress,” Governor Rick Snyder said. “These improved scores reflect the hard work of the students, and also the great effort of teachers and others in our state’s schools dedicated to improvement. Our mission is to keep that focus on our students, making sure they have the rigorous education they need to be successful.”

State education officials say increased focus on the Michigan Merit Curriculum is contributing to the progress.

As part of that curriculum students focus on math, science, social studies and English language arts.  They also study visual and performing arts and a world language.

Reading proficiency scores increased 5.2 points from 53.5 to 58.7 percent between 2013 and 2014, and 6 points and in the four years since 2010 – representing the largest long-term gain of all subjects and students tested.

Social studies scores gained over 5 points from 2013 to 2014, reversing several years of declining scores. Science scores were up nearly 3 points this year from 25.7 to 28.4 percent and a similar amount during the past four years. Writing scores increased from 49.3 to 50.8 percent in the past year and almost 4 points since 2011.

Mathematic scores showed a four year gain of 1.5 points and small increase of .2 points from 2013 to 2014.

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