MEAP: Comparing Similar Districts
Based on a suggestion by Mike Reno, I compared MEAP Scores from Rochester Community Schools to other similar districts. Mike provided a list of districts, but this should not be considered a list of all comparable districts. The results are favorable for Rochester Community Schools and portend what scores will be like once the MEAP Cut Scores are adjusted.
The numbers below are the average percent of students that scored in the advanced or proficient ranges for the various tests. Note that this is an average of the tests and does not mean that the student scored advanced or proficient in all tests for their grade. The percent of students that met or exceeded expectations is the percent advanced plus the percent proficient. Because of rounding, the addition is often not exact.
|% Advanced||% Proficient||% Meeting or Exceeding Expectations|
Of the districts selected, Rochester Community Schools is the top district in the average percentage of advanced scores on the MEAP and second in scores that meet or exceed expectations. There may be other districts in the state that have scored higher.
I also just grabbed raw data from the state website and ran it through MS Access. I’ve excluded singular schools and the data below is only for districts.
For math, Rochester is the 13th district in Meet/Exceed Expectations average over all grades. It is 3rd behind Novi and Troy in Advanced though.
For reading, Rochester is the 12th district in Meet/Exceed Expectations average over all grades. It is 2nd behind East Grand Rapids Public Schools in Advanced though.
In overall MEAP averages, Rochester is 2nd in Meet/Exceed Expectations behind Spring Lake Public Schools and 1st in Advanced.
Some numbers appear to be different. This could be based on getting data from a few different sources.
Rochester has definitely succeeded in preparing their students for the MEAP tests. The high percentage of advanced scores portend well for when the MEAP Cut Scores are raised. The projected changes for MEAP Cut Scores have the new proficient levels close to the current advanced levels. So while Rochester’s MEAP scores will fall significantly, they will actually look better compared to state averages. Jeremy Nielson details how Rochester Community Schools has responded to the raising MEAP Cut Scores. Hopefully Rochester and the state of Michigan take this opportunity to meet this new challenge head on. Our kids’ future depends on it.
P.S. if anyone wants to play with some raw data from the State, save this file and rename it from .odt to .mdb to open. This is an Access 2003 database. If you don’t get the “Save File” option clicking on the link, you should be able to right click the link and choose something like “Save Link As”.