Detroit Public Schools, state showes improvement on MEAP

(AP) - Detroit Public Schools Scores

Students in the Detroit Public Schools scored better on all but the fifth-grade science portion of the 2012 Michigan Education Assessment Program tests than the previous year.

Figures released Monday show the percentage of proficient and advanced scores in 17 of 18 assessments were higher than in 2011.

Detroit students typically have scored below the statewide average on the standardized tests.

The largest Detroit increase was 11.3 percent on the eighth grade reading test. The lowest increase was 0.1 percent by sixth graders on the social studies test.

Only 2.3 percent of fifth graders scored proficient or advanced on the science test, compared to 2.9 percent the previous year.

Detroit officials say the district had a higher percentage increase than the state average on 13 assessments.

State of Michigan Scores

The state says the fall 2012 Michigan Education Assessment Program tests show student gains for reading, mathematics and writing in all grades.

The state says students showed gains in reading proficiency at all grade levels, particularly in grades 3 and 8. Results for mathematics also had proficiency gains at all grade levels, with the largest gains occurring in grades 3, 4, and 5. Writing proficiency saw increases in grades 4 and 7.

Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement that the state is "moving in the right direction" but "much work remains and achieving further gains will demand our continued commitment."

The once-per-year MEAP tests are based on career- and college-ready standards.

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