MEAP: Rochester vs. State and Top Districts
The MEAP results were made public today. Rochester Patch ran a comparison of average MEAP scores between Rochester Community Schools (RCS) and the state of Michigan. The good news was that we still ranked highly. The bad news is that we trended down. My initial thought was that perhaps the top schools had trended down while the bottom schools trended up, but I needed to run the data.
I also compared Rochester Community Schools to the top 17 districts in the state. In there are three charter schools, which I left in since charter schools are becoming a greater competition for traditional public schools. No private or parochial schools are included. The districts are Achieve Charter Academy, Ann Arbor Public Schools, Birmingham City School District, Bloomfield Hills School District, Canton Charter Academy, East Grand Rapids Public Schools, Forest Hills Public Schools, Glen Lake Community Schools, Haslett Public Schools, Northville Public Schools, Novi Community School District, Okemos Public Schools, Rochester Community School District, Saline Area Schools, South Arbor Charter Academy, South Lyon Community Schools, and Troy School District. These districts were chosen for averaging above 65% proficient in last year’s MEAP using the new cut scores. RCS ranked only behind Canton Charter Academy.
The results were interesting.
Rochester Community Schools had slipped. While RCS made small gains in the MEAP, state gains were larger and the top schools’ gains were even larger. RCS went up an average of 0.27 percentage points per test, but the state went up 0.87 points, and the top schools went up 1.23 points. (Numbers do not match completely due to rounding.)
For 2011, RCS is now in fifth place, ranking behind Canton Charter Academy, East Grand Rapids Public Schools, Noor International Academy, and Troy School District.
The data is below grouped by subject and grade. I have also shown how RCS’s changes compared to the state’s changes and the top schools changes. Negative numbers are bad for RCS. The last column shows how the top 17 schools’ changes compared to the state. Negative numbers are bad for the top schools.
|Subject||Grade||District||2011||2010||Change||RCS – State||RCS – Top 17||Top 17 -State|
|Soc. St.||6||Top 17||56.19||55.62||0.57||0.87|
|Soc. St.||9||Top 17||56.65||61.08||-4.43||-0.13|