MEAP en What do you want to see in a standardized state test for Michigan students? <p>Michigan students have been taking the same standardized test for decades. It’s known as the MEAP.</p><p>But this year the MEAP test will be completely re-done and students will take it in the spring instead of the fall. After next year, it’s not clear what test students will take.</p><p>The state was all set to switch over from the MEAP to a test called “Smarter Balanced.” But state lawmakers balked at the idea, because the test aligned to the controversial common core standards.</p><p>Lawmakers wanted the state to stick with the MEAP.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 18479 at What do you want to see in a standardized state test for Michigan students? How are teachers and school administrators dealing with the upcoming "new" MEAP? <p></p><p>Lawmakers ordered the Michigan Department of Education to stop preparing for the Smarter Balanced Assessment and return to a revamped MEAP test.</p><p>How is this playing out for the teachers and administrators who have to teach and give this overhauled MEAP test?</p><p>William Heath is the Superintendent of the Morrice Area Schools and the Principal at Morrice Junior and Senior High School in Shiawassee County. &nbsp;He said the changes have been very difficult.</p><p>“We need some consistency. We need a target to shoot at. We don’t need the target to keep moving around,” he said.</p><p>Heath said they are judged by the growth from the previous year and when the assessment changes, they don’t know how they can measure that growth.</p><p>“If we are taking different tests, it’s a weird science experiment that there is too many variables in there. It’s going to make it that much harder to realize what exactly our students know and don’t know,” Heath said.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:30:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 18456 at How are teachers and school administrators dealing with the upcoming "new" MEAP? Schools ordered to return to the MEAP test; teachers feel unprepared and disrespected <p></p><p>When Gov. Rick Snyder signed Michigan's school aid budget last week, that act officially threw a big curve ball to teachers.</p><p>The budget included a provision ordering the Michigan Department of Education to produce and administer a MEAP test in the next school year, not the Smarter Balanced Assessment test they'd been planning to use –the test based on the Common Core standards that the state has been using.</p><p>If this all sounds confusing, try being a teacher in Michigan.</p><p>MLive’s Brian Smith has been talking with teachers about how they feel about the&nbsp;MEAP being back on.</p><p>“A lot of these teachers that I talked to are really just frustrated by the fact that now they just have a couple of months to prepare for a test they still haven’t seen,” Smith says.</p><p>He says the problem is that the MEAP hasn’t really been under active development, making sure the test is aligned with the state's content standards and the Common Core. So the test will have to be restructured.</p><p>Smith says in his<a href=""> report</a> that all of the back-and-forth on the state's assessment test has left teachers feeling disrespected.</p><p>“They feel like their voices are not being heard in this conversation,” Smith says. “They’re not being included in the talk about how we are testing our kids and when we are testing our kids, and what that test is going to look like.”</p><p><i>*Listen to the full story above.&nbsp;</i></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:14:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 18224 at Schools ordered to return to the MEAP test; teachers feel unprepared and disrespected Michigan lawmakers stall plan to replace MEAP with new exams <p></p><p>One of the many decisions made by state lawmakers during their budget actions last week was to keep the MEAP in place for another year.</p><p>The more than 40-year-old MEAP exam stays put even though Michigan adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010. And the state's education department has been working for the past three years to bring in the new testing that is aligned to the Common Core. That new test is called the Smarter Balanced Assessment.</p><p>The state lawmakers' recent decision could mean that educators and students have to hit the reverse button and go back to MEAP. But State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said in April that the MEAP was simply “not an option."</p><p>Brian Smith has been reporting on the Common Core and Smarter Balanced vs. MEAP tussle. He said that as the issue moved forward, the Department of Education started to talk to testing vendors and see what could possibly be done.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:25:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 18018 at Michigan lawmakers stall plan to replace MEAP with new exams Flanagan: "The MEAP’s not an option" for next year <p>State Superintendent Mike Flanagan is warning Michigan lawmakers against trying to take <a href="">a step back on school testing.</a></p><p></p><p>An amendment to next year’s school aid budget would require schools to give the MEAP exam next year. Some lawmakers are upset the state has contracted with a new company using a test tied to Common Core standards.</p><p></p><p>Flanagan says the MEAP test is not an option at this point. He says changing now would cost the state.</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:52:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 17344 at Flanagan: "The MEAP’s not an option" for next year State of Opportunity's hour on what it's really like in a "low-performing" school <p>The MEAP&nbsp;test has been used to evaluate kids and schools in Michigan for over four and a half decades.</p><p>The test is meant to make sure public schools are teaching kids the basics. But&nbsp;MEAP&nbsp;scores affect where parents decide to send their kids, neighborhood housing prices, city tax revenue, and city services.</p><p>Basically, the economics of a city rests on how well 8 and 9-year-olds perform on this single test.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State of Opportunity's Dustin Dwyer spent six weeks inside Congress Elementary in Grand Rapids, a school with consistently low MEAP scores. Dwyer followed a third-grade class as they prepared to take the test. He interviewed students, teachers, and parents, trying to figure out how much these numbers matter. What he found was, the test scores do not even begin to tell the story. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To hear the documentary now and learn more, visit the <a href="">State of Opportunity</a> website.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:26:41 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16246 at State of Opportunity's hour on what it's really like in a "low-performing" school A quick preview of our documentary on high-stakes testing <p>Dustin Dwyer and Kimberly Springer from our State of Opportunity team share "five teasers" about the upcoming documentary on high-stakes testing. The documentary will air (and be online) this Thursday.</p><p>Here's one thing that Dwyer will explore in the documentary: How the "bad" label can harm a school in an otherwise wealthy district.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:33:15 +0000 Mark Brush 16221 at A quick preview of our documentary on high-stakes testing Stateside for Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Embattled Republican National Committeeman Dave&nbsp;Agema&nbsp;is hitting back at critics of his anti-gay and anti-Muslim web postings, saying he stands on the same issues he always has, "God, family and country."</span></p><p>In a Facebook post, the ex-state-Representative says people are feeding half-truths to the news media within the GOP and stirring up divisiveness.</p><p>He says he's wrongly being blamed for posting other people's comments and says it's an unfortunate and uncivil tactic to tarnish his reputation.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rick&nbsp;Pluta, Lansing bureau chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and co-host of It's Just Politics, joined us today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers in Lansing have begun holding hearings on which standardized tests Michigan students will begin taking next spring. Goodbye Michigan Educational Assessment Program (</span>MEAP<span style="line-height: 1.5;">), hello Smarter Balanced Assessment. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Opponents say it takes away local control, while those who favor it say it better predicts a student's comprehension. We found out more about this computer-based testing on today's show.</span></p><p>Then, we continued on the subject of schools and asked: Are zero-tolerance policies actually keeping kids out of trouble? A new study says not so much.</p><p>And, Michigan’s University Research Corridor is making huge contributions to the state economy. We spoke with Lou Anna Simon, president of Michigan State University, to learn more.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Finally, a new documentary explores Michigan’s history with the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:28:38 +0000 Stateside Staff 16118 at Stateside for Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 Is the Smarter Balanced Assessment a suitable replacement for the MEAP? <p>Lawmakers in Lansing have begun holding hearings on which standardized tests Michigan students will take next spring.</p><p>The state has already decided to replace the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) tests and educational officials have endorsed the Smarter Balanced Assessment.</p><p>In the coming months, you’ll likely be hearing a lot about the politics of the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Some lawmakers say the test takes away control from local curriculum because it’s being developed by a national consortium.</p><p>Public Sector Consultant’s Michelle Richard joined us today to discuss the new test.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:03:38 +0000 Stateside Staff 16117 at Is the Smarter Balanced Assessment a suitable replacement for the MEAP? Today's State of Opportunity call-in show tackles standardized testing <p><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Update</strong>: If you missed the program, you can catch the audio on <a href="">this post</a>.</span></em></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:23:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16054 at Today's State of Opportunity call-in show tackles standardized testing In this morning's headlines: Power in Flint City Council, Detroit swap deal, MEAP tests <p><strong>Flint City Council could gain power back today</strong></p><p>The Flint city council has been largely powerless in the two years since the appointment of an emergency manager. But that begins to change this evening. Emergency manager Darnell Earley says the City Council will now be asked to get<a href=""> more involved</a> in city decisions.</p><p><strong>Detroit swap deal to resume today</strong></p><p>"A bankruptcy court hearing on Detroit's renegotiated deal to pay off two banks in an interest rate swaps deal is scheduled to resume today," The Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Lawmakers to discuss which standardized test students will take this year</strong></p><p>"State lawmakers will begin hearings this week to determine which standardized test Michigan students will take starting next spring. State education officials say the Smarter Balanced Assessment is the only good option to replace the Michigan Educational Assessment Program – or MEAP," Jake Neher reports.</p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:34:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15991 at In this morning's headlines: Power in Flint City Council, Detroit swap deal, MEAP tests Are Michigan state lawmakers smarter than third graders? A new bill might help us find out <p>Michigan state lawmakers are about to be put to the test.</p><p>A bill in Lansing would require members of the state board of education, the state superintendent of education, the governor, senators, and representatives to take the standardized tests normally administered to students in the third, eighth, and eleventh grades. Their results would be published online.</p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:22:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14118 at Are Michigan state lawmakers smarter than third graders? A new bill might help us find out In this morning's news: MEAP scores, right to work lawsuit, Detroit's finances <p><strong>MEAP scores show improvement</strong></p><p>"State education officials say they’re excited by rising standardized test scores. They released the Michigan Educational Assessment Program results for 2012 Monday. Students in all grades showed improvements in math, reading, and writing," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Unions sue to block right to work</strong></p><p>"Labor unions are asking a federal judge in Detroit to block part of Michigan's right-to-work law from taking effect in late March. The lawsuit filed Monday is the second to challenge the law in recent weeks. It prohibits requiring workers to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment," the Associated Press <a href="">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Gov. Snyder looking at emergency managers for Detroit</strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder says he’ll be ready to move ahead with a state takeover of Detroit city hall – depending on the results of a financial review that should wrap up within several days. Governor Snyder says he’s already talked to prospective emergency managers in case a state takeover is called for," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:49:37 +0000 Emily Fox 11194 at In this morning's news: MEAP scores, right to work lawsuit, Detroit's finances In new MEAP scores, some good news for Detroit Public Schools <p></p><p>There’s some good news for the Detroit Public Schools in&nbsp;newly-released Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) scores.</p><p>42% of the district’s 3rd-through-8th graders scored “proficient or&nbsp;advanced” in reading. That’s up more than 6% from the prior year.</p><p>Math scores jumped more than 4%, with fewer than 15% of students rated&nbsp;proficient.</p><p>In most subjects, Detroit students’ gains outpaced state averages. But the district’s scores still remain well below state averages.</p><p>Roy Roberts, the district’s emergency financial manager, says that’s&nbsp;exactly the sort of progress people should expect at this point.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>“If I had walked in here and said we’ve improved every class by 25%,&nbsp;you oughta call the FBI,” Roberts said. “It doesn’t happen that way.&nbsp;It’s incremental improvement.”</p><p>The number of Detroit students tested did drop more than 20% this&nbsp;year, though, as the district’s enrollment shrunk significantly.&nbsp;</p><p>The state-run Education Achievement Authority took over 15 of the&nbsp;district’s lowest-performing schools last fall, leaving fewer kids in&nbsp;DPS. The district also has a dramatic long-term enrollment decline.</p><p>But that’s not the case at Dixon Elementary-Middle school on thecity’s far west side. That school has actually increased<br>enrollment—and posted some of the biggest gains citywide on this<br>year’s MEAP scores.</p><p>Principal Ora Beard took over the school three years ago. She says&nbsp;boosting student achievement in a school takes time—and lots of&nbsp;reaching out to students and parents to build trust.</p><p>“Our first year was totally building relationships,” said Beard. “And&nbsp;trying to get them to understand that we’re not here to fight&nbsp;you…we’re here to help you. And that’s what school’s got to be about.”</p><div class="yj6qo ajU" style="cursor: pointer; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; padding-top: 10px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; padding-left: 0px; width: 22px; margin-top: 2px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><div aria-label="Show trimmed content" class="ajR" data-tooltip="Show trimmed content" id=":1a6" role="button" style="background-color: rgb(241, 241, 241); border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 1px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; border-top-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-right-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-bottom-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-left-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); clear: both; line-height: 6px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; position: relative; width: 20px; " tabindex="0"><img class="ajT" src="" style="background-image: url(; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: initial; height: 8px; opacity: 0.3; width: 20px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; "></div> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 03:50:31 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 11190 at In new MEAP scores, some good news for Detroit Public Schools Fall MEAP results show reading and math gains <p>The results are out for the <a href="">Fall 2012 Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)</a>.</p><p>They show gains in reading, mathematics and writing in all grades and most demographic groups.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Education says the MEAP tests are "based on career- and college-ready standards and are the only statewide measure of what students know and are able to do in grades 3 through 9."</p><p>In the <a href=",4615,7-140--294751--,00.html">press </a><a href="">release sent out today</a>, Governor Snyder shared his perspective on the results</p><blockquote><p>“We’re moving in the right direction and that’s a credit to our schools, parents and the students themselves,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “But much work remains..."</p></blockquote><p>Education officials say in particular, students in grades 3 and 8 showed gains in reading proficiency (4.1 and 5.2 percent gain respectively).</p><blockquote><p>Mathematics also had proficiency gains at all grade levels, with the largest gains occurring in grades 3, 4, and 5 (4.6, 5.0, and 6.1 percent gain respectively). Writing proficiency saw a 4.4 percent increase in grade 7 and a 2.2 percent increase in grade 4.</p></blockquote><p>Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek reports there were gains in Detroit as well.</p><blockquote><p>Citywide, Detroit’s third-through-eighth graders showed gains that outpaced state averages, for the most part. But the district’s overall scores remain relatively low.</p></blockquote><p>MRPN's Jake Neher is reporting that the overall scores in science did not fare as well.</p><blockquote><p style="margin-left:.5in;">... less than 16 percent of students had passing grades in science, and that number is dropping.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">Joseph Martineau&nbsp; is with the state Department of Education. He says that’s a serious concern, but the statistics might be a bit misleading.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">“That’s simply a reflection of what is being expected by college and community college professors in science. They appear to have higher expectations of their students than, maybe, in some of those other content areas.”</p></blockquote><p>The Detroit Free Press has a <a href=";cbSearchAgain=true">searchable database</a> to see results for particular schools in Michigan. You can check it out to see how well your schools are doing.</p><p>Although the results were released publicly today, Michigan schools received them in December. This allows teachers to review and analyze those results, and use the information to potentially change their teaching.</p><p><em>- Chris Zollars, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:15:07 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11178 at Fall MEAP results show reading and math gains Ann Arbor parents protest school tests <p>Parents of children in Ann Arbor public schools are gathering signatures against what they call the overuse of standardized tests.&nbsp;</p><p>More than 150 people have signed the <a href="">online petition</a> so far.</p><p>They say students are tested too often between the pre-tests, practice tests and targeted testing for reading and math.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 20:27:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9448 at Ann Arbor parents protest school tests Ten-year extension sought for Michigan students to meet proficiency score <p>The <a href=",1607,7-140-5373---,00.html">Michigan Board of Education </a>wants an additional 10 years to get students prepared to meet the proficiency scores on state standardized tests. The federal goals call for all children to be proficient on state exams by 2014. State leaders want to waive the <a href="">No Child Left Behind </a>requirements for 10 years. They believe this period will prepare every Michigan student to be proficient in reading and math. &nbsp;</p><p>Jeff Bean is a Flint high school teacher. He says working to get all students proficient is noble but not realistic.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;It would be like me setting standards for medical professionals: I think everybody who goes into a cancer treatment should get cured. Let&rsquo;s go for 100%. That&rsquo;s a noble effort. But to dictate whether doctors get to keep&nbsp;their licenses or not based on whether&nbsp;they save every patient&nbsp;they see, is an incredibly unreasonable piece.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Bean believes extending the&nbsp;10-year deadline is a way for certain leaders to buy time to change the federal goals. He says pre- and post-testing would be a more effective goal for students.</p><p>U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, says more than<a href=""> 80% of the nation&rsquo;s public schools </a>could be labeled as &lsquo;failing&rsquo; under the No Child Left Behind law requirements.</p><p><em>-Traci Currie - Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 19:04:34 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3579 at Ten-year extension sought for Michigan students to meet proficiency score Education blueprint: North Godwin Elementary <p>This week, What&rsquo;s Working focuses on education by taking a look at one Michigan school that went from academic mediocrity to being a model for educational reforms in the state. North Godwin Elementary is located just south of Grand Rapids in a working class community with a high immigrant population. Many families in the area are refugees from countries such as Bosnia, Cuba, Vietnam, and Liberia. A high number of students spend a few years learning English as a second language.&nbsp;</p><p>When Arelis Diaz arrived as a teacher at North Godwin Elementary in 1995, the students were struggling to reach proficiency in basic skills. She spent five years as a teacher, and then served as principal of the school from 2000 to 2005. In that time, North Godwin&rsquo;s students began excelling on standardized tests, bringing student proficiency rates to upwards of 80 percent across all subjects. That academic success at North Godwin continues today. The school has been the recipient of praise and awards for its turnaround, including the &ldquo;Dispelling the Myth&rdquo; award in 2010, given by The Educational Trust.&nbsp; Mon, 16 May 2011 10:29:14 +0000 What's Working & Michigan Radio Newsroom 2467 at Education blueprint: North Godwin Elementary A closer look at Snyder's education reforms <p>Today, Governor Rick Snyder laid out his plan for education reform in Michigan. All Things Considered Host, Jenn White, sat down with Tom Watkins to discuss the details in Snyder&#39;s plan. Watkins is a Former State Superintendent who is currently a business and educational consultant in the United States and China.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 17:49:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2245 at A closer look at Snyder's education reforms Top Ten 8th Grade MEAP Scores at Michigan's public schools <p><strong><em>Math - 8<sup>th</sup> Grade - Top Ten </em></strong><strong><em>Public </em></strong><strong><em>Schools in Average MEAP Scores</em></strong></p><ol><li>Ann Arbor Public Schools - Clague Middle School&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; - 855</li><li>Troy School District - Boulan Park Middle School&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; - 853.4</li><li>Birmingham City School District - Birmingham Covington School - 852.8</li><li>Bloomfield Hills School District - Bloomfield Hills Middle School - 849.2</li><li>Bloomfield Hills School District - East Hills Middle School - 847.4</li><li><strong>(TIE)</strong> Novi Community School District - Novi Middle School &amp; Canton Charter Academy - Canton Charter Academy - 846.8</li><li>Bloomfield Hills School District - West Hills Middle School - 846.4</li><li>Ann Arbor Public Schools - Forsythe Middle School - 845.9</li><li>Troy School District - Smith Middle School - 845.5</li><li>Saginaw City School District - Saginaw Arts And Sciences Academy - 845.4</li></ol><p><strong><em>Reading - 8<sup>th</sup> Grade &ndash; Top Ten Public Schools in Average MEAP Scores</em></strong></p><ol><li><strong>(TIE)</strong> Grand Rapids Public Schools - City Middle/High School &amp; Birmingham City School District - Birmingham Covington School - 843.3</li><li>Saginaw City School District - Saginaw Arts And Sciences Academy - 843.1</li><li>Troy School District - Boulan Park Middle School - 842.9</li><li>Rochester Community School District - Van Hoosen Middle School - 841.8</li><li>Ann Arbor Public Schools - Clague Middle School - 840.9</li><li><strong>(TIE)</strong> Okemos Public Schools - Chippewa Middle School &amp; Leland Public School District - Leland Public School - 840.8</li><li>Birmingham City School District - Derby Middle School - 840.7</li><li>Ann Arbor Public Schools - Ann Arbor Open At Mack School 840.3</li><li><strong>(TIE)</strong> Rochester Community School District - Hart Middle School &amp; Woodland School - Woodland School - 839.9</li><li>Forest Hills Public Schools - Eastern Middle School &ndash; 839</li></ol><p><strong><em>Science - 8<sup>th</sup> Grade &ndash; Top Ten Public Schools in Average MEAP Scores</em></strong></p><ol><li>Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Center Academy - 882.6</li><li>David Ellis Academy West - David Ellis Academy West - 864.5</li><li>Woodland School - Woodland School - 848.8</li><li>Troy School District - Boulan Park Middle School - 846.5</li><li>Grand Rapids Public Schools - City Middle/High School - 843.1</li><li>Superior Central Schools - Superior Central School - 842.5</li><li>Ann Arbor Public Schools - Ann Arbor Open At Mack School - 840.6</li><li>South Lyon Community Schools - Millennium Middle School - 839.5</li><li><strong>(TIE)</strong> Hudsonville Public School District - Baldwin Street Middle School &amp; Birmingham City School District - Birmingham Covington School - 838.8</li><li>Forest Hills Public Schools - Northern Hills Middle School - 838.7 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 18:32:51 +0000 Mark Brush 1871 at Top Ten 8th Grade MEAP Scores at Michigan's public schools