“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
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.
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