2014 MME Results Published
- Published on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 09:29
The results of the 2014 spring Michigan Merit Exam have been released for Alpena Public Schools. The scores show the District maintaining its strong performance in many areas, while also identifying areas for improvement.
"MME sets a high standard which previously applied only to college-bound students," says Joyce McCoy, Director of Instruction for APS. "All students now take these tests, and preparing and motivating all students continues to be a great challenge."
The MME, which includes the nationally-recognized ACT as well as Michigan-specific tests, is given to all 11th grade students in March. Districts throughout the state use MME results as one important gauge of students' academic progress and their own instructional efforts.
For Alpena, the results continue to identify areas of success as well as noting areas of concern. Highlights include:
- APS students gained ground in reading with 60% of students scoring as proficient.
- Social studies proficiency levels rose three points to 44%.
- Alpena students meet or exceed state averages in reading, writing and social studies.
- ACT composite scores averaged 19.5, closely trailing the state average of 19.8.
Science and math scores have been identified as areas of concern for APS, with proficiency levels at 21% for math and 23% for science. Also, the District continues to track the percent of students deemed "college ready." Michigan's college readiness standards are extremely challenging, requiring students to attain established levels of proficiency on all tested areas regardless of their chosen career pathway. By this standard, 10.4% of students meet college ready standards.
"The annual MME tests are only one snapshot of our students' progress, but we take the results very seriously," remarked McCoy. "It's an ongoing effort for us to evaluate what we are doing to meet the needs of all students and identify what we can do better to help all our kids be successful at APS and beyond."