(Barbara Evoe, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction for Ferndale Public Schools, originally published in the April 1, 2011 Ferndale Public Schools Fanout – http://www.ferndaleschools.org/districtnews/documents/Ferndale_eNews_April1_2011.pdf)
The Michigan Department of Education has indicated that math and reading scores have gone up statewide since 2005 when students began taking the more rigorous MEAP aligned with K-8 Grade Level Content Expectations.
At the local level, Ferndale Schools student scores have also climbed at a similar rate. For example, in Third Grade Math, all student scores have increased from 79 percent in 2005 to 94 percent this year.
Another area of significant gain has been Seventh Grade Math, which increased from 50 percent proficient in 2005 to 80 percent this year.
In alignment with performance across the state, the largest gains have been made among the district’s African American students over the past five years. For example, in Eighth Grade Reading, African American student scores have increased by 30 percentage points over the past six years, closing the gap between the entire Eighth Grade and African American Students from 14 in 2005 to 5 in 2010.
We always feel it’s important to clarify how to interpret our high school district wide results on the 9th Grade Social Studies because we serve three distinct high school populations whose scores are combined for the district total, this year of 53 percent proficient.
University High School increased ten percentage points from last year to 63 percent proficient. And the Alternative Education program, which is one of the largest in the state accepting students ages 16-19 who have otherwise dropped out of a traditional high school, also increased by 4 percentage points from last year to 25 percent proficient. Our alternative education program serves primarily students who are the age to take the ACT/MME, but are not necessarily academically juniors. Their low scores are evidence of their at-risk nature, as well as the need for the quality programs provided by the Ferndale Schools.
You can view the results of Ferndale Public Schools at the Michigan Department of Education Website – https://oeaa.state.mi.us/oeaa/directory/index.asp?DCode=63020&BCode=00000
This article is from Ferndale Public Schools, originally published in the April 1, 2011 Ferndale Schools Fanout – http://www.ferndaleschools.org/districtnews/documents/Ferndale_eNews_April1_2011.pdf