Understanding the New MEAP and MME Cut Scores
“Proficiency” on State-Required Tests has a New Definition
Each year, all Michigan public school students in grades 3-9 are required to take the MEAP and eleventh graders are required to take the MME. If you haven’t already, you will soon begin hearing news reports about new cutoff scores, or “cut scores” that the Michigan State Board of Education recently adopted for these tests.
MEAP and MME cut scores separate test takers into various categories, such as advanced, proficient, partially proficient, and not proficient. Michigan’s previous cut scores for these state tests were set at a very basic level. Raising the cut scores will give Michigan parents and students a much better sense of whether they are adequately prepared for the next step in their education and a future career in a global economy.The new cut scores represent a significantly higher standard for student achievement and are intended to more accurately reflect a student’s progress toward college and career readiness.
Expected Results of the Cut Score Changes
Like school districts across the state, MEAP and MME proficiency results are expected to decline in Genesee County Public School Districts when publicly released in the spring. While we anticipate an initial drop in the number of students reported as “proficient,” we are confident this change will be temporary due to ongoing school improvement efforts and student support.
School districts will be examining existing curriculum to respond to this more challenging level of test scoring. In addition, staff will focus its professional development efforts on enhancing their abilities to rise to the challenge presented in these recent changes.
More Cut Score Information and Resources:
- 5 Things Parents Need to Know (printable poster)
- Understanding the New Michigan Cut Scores (video)
- Understanding the New Cut Scores - GISD (PowerPoint)
- Frequently Asked Questions About the New Cut Scores
- Michigan's MEAP Website
- Michigan's MME Website