Students at Coldwater Community Schools in grades 3-9 took the MEAP test in October. Math and reading are assessed every year through eighth grade. Writing is assessed in fourth and seventh grades, science in fifth and eighth grades, and social studies in sixth and ninth grades. Scores were just recently released to the public and compare the 2012/2013 MEAP tests to this year’s test.
We are happy to report improvement in almost every category. Significant work has been done district-wide in recent years to improve our curriculum and instruction. We will work relentlessly to continue to help our students make achievement gains.
This is the last year that the MEAP test will be given in Michigan. The state will adopt a new assessment for next school year. The new test will be aligned to the state-adopted Common Core State Standards for literacy and mathematics.
Another big change is that the test is moving from fall (based on previous year’s learning) to spring. The Michigan Department of Education is planning to move forward with Smarter Balanced Assessments, but other test vendors like ACT Aspire are still being considered by our legislature. Schools are waiting on a final decision.
All buildings are also looking carefully at the data of our subgroups (English Language Learners, economically disadvantaged, and students with disabilities). We are seeing improvement for these students in several content areas and grade levels.Highlights of the Coldwater Schools MEAP data are categorized by grades.
For fourth grade, there was a significant improvement in writing from 33% of students proficient last year to close to half were proficient this year. Improvement over last year of 2% proficient for all students in fourth grade math.
Fifth graders improved in math from 39% last year to 42% proficient this year. These same students also improved MEAP reading scores by approximately three percentage points. Fifth grade science proficiencies improved approximately 3% from last year.
Sixth grade math scores improved notably with 34% of students proficient last year and just over half were proficient this year. Coldwater sixth graders moved very close to the top ranking in the consortium (Barry, Calhoun, and Branch Counties) with only two districts placing above them. These students placed above the consortium average and the state average. Reading scores showed just over 65% of sixth grade students proficient last year, which was up 2% this year. Last year, just over a quarter of sixth graders were proficient in Social Studies, while this year that percentage grew to 30%.
MEAP scores this last indicated that 34% of Coldwater Schools seventh graders were proficient in math, while this year it showed an improvement to just over 40% proficiency. 59% of these same students tested proficient last year, which improved to 63% this year. Seventh graders were proficient in writing last year at the rate of 46% and showed significant increase this year to 65%.
Coldwater Schools eighth graders improved in reading 2% from 63% to 65% over last year.
We are pleased to see increasing math scores in our upper elementary grades. We adopted a new math resource, Everyday Math, last year and incorporated training for teachers in Math Recovery, a math intervention model.
Overall, we are pleased with the improvement and the major strides our staff has taken to improve these scores. By increasing scores on standardized tests, we are creating a foundation of growth and increased learning for students at Coldwater Community Schools which helps reinforce the district’s mission of providing a supportive and challenging learning environment where every student is prepared to succeed in a global community.
Dr. Tina Kerr is the Superintendent of Coldwater Community Schools and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 517-279-5910. The main website for Coldwater Community Schools can be found at http://www.coldwaterschools.org.