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2011 ACT and MME District Comparison

July 7, 2011

In April, I compared the MEAP scores for a number of peer districts selected based on similar demographics.  Recently, the state published 2011 ACT and MME scores and here is a comparison of the same districts.

The ACT score shown below is the average cumulative score for the district.  The scores for math, reading, writing, science, and social studies are the percentages of students in that district who meet or exceed the benchmarks for college readiness in that subject.  For Rochester Community Schools, 38% of students met or exceeded benchmarks in all subjects.

Math Reading Writing Science Social Studies
ACT 2011 2011

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2007

2011 +/-
2007
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2007
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2011 +/-
2007
State-wide 19.3 52 6 63 3 47 7 61 5 78 -5
Rochester 22.8 80.9 4.9 80.5 1.7 73.1 7.6 79.8 2.7 87.2 -6.9
Ann Arbor 23.1 76.4 2 79.7 0.2 66.9 -2.6 76.8 -1.1 88.7 -2.6
Birmingham 24 83.1 7 88.2 7.5 78.3 6.1 81.1 -0.4 86.3 -6.1
Bloomfield Hills 25.6 85.8 4.4 89.7 5.1 85.9 3.6 87.4 3.9 92.7 -1.1
East Lansing 22.4 70.3 -1 81.5 9.1 70 7.1 75.2 0.6 88.1 -2.7
Grosse Pointe 22.8 74.6 2.6 83.9 0.9 71.5 5.1 78 -1.2 91.6 -4.4
Novi 23.2 78.3 10.6 79.6 4.1 70.5 7.9 76.3 3.6 87.3 -4.4
Troy 23.3 78.2 4.5 79 2.4 72.6 4.7 78.5 0.6 87.2 -3.8

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While Rochester Community Schools was right at the top for MEAP scores for these districts, only East Lansing of the selected districts ranks below Rochester Community Schools.  And while in overall MEAP averages, Rochester is 2nd in Meet/Exceed Expectations and 1st in Advanced, Rochester ranks 15th state-wide in ACT scores.

Cumulative ACT
District 2011 2008 Difference
State-wide 19.3 18.7 0.6
Rochester 22.8 21.9 0.9
Ann Arbor 23.1 22.5 0.6
Birmingham 24.0 23.0 1.0
Bloomfield Hills 25.6 24.0 1.6
East Lansing 22.4 21.4 0.9
Grosse Pointe 22.8 22.3 0.5
Novi 23.2 22.1 1.1
Troy 23.3 22.9 0.4

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Comparing ACT scores from 2008 and 2011 for these districts shows that all selected districts increased their ACT scores as did the state.  For comparison purposes, I use the state numbers as a baseline.  National ACT scores are misleading for comparisons as not all states require 100% student participation as Michigan does.

Bloomfield Hills has strongly increased their ACT scores over the past three years.  Troy and Grosse Pointe increased ACT scores but did not keep pace with state increases.  Rochester has increased more than the state average, but still needs to increase its scores to be a premier district among its demographic peers.

Data for the state can be found at the Michigan Department of Education website.

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