LANSING (WWJ/AP) – State officials say Michigan elementary and middle school students generally improved scores for math and reading in the latest round of standardized test results.
The scores released Wednesday are more difficult to compare to previous years because of a tougher grading scale adopted for the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) exams taken in the fall of 2011. The Department of Education recalculated test scores from previous years using the new scoring scale to provide a more meaningful comparison.
WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke live with State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mike Flanagan who said these scores offer a school-by-school analysis.
“I was at the dentist the other day and I was asked by the dentist who’s thinking about moving in an area, what about district X? But it really comes down to the school and, frankly, the teacher and how they’re doing with the kids,” Flanagan said.
“So, the system and the reforms that we have in place are really headed toward, for parents, kind of like a consumer digest. So they can see what teachers in particular are really knocking the socks off this and doing really well with kids,” he said.
Hear our complete interview with Flanagan: