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Michigan ‘Merit’ scores dip slightly

Local high school juniors show mixed results in five subjects covered

June 26, 2013
The Daily News

By NIKKI YOUNK

Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN - Results of the latest Michigan Merit Exam (MME) were revealed this week and overall, scores are slightly lower than they were last year.

The MME is administered each spring to Michigan high school juniors. It covers five subjects: reading, math, writing, social studies, and science.

From 2012 to 2013, statewide proficiency percentages dropped from 55.9 percent to 53.5 percent in reading, 29.1 percent to 28.6 percent in math, 49.4 percent to 49.3 percent in writing, 40.5 percent to 38.6 percent in social studies, and 25.8 percent to 25.7 percent in science.

Proficiency percentages indicate the percentage of students who scored either "advanced" or "proficient" on a given test. The remaining percentage of students scored either "partially proficient" or "not proficient" on the test.

On the local level, results were mixed.

All local schools saw a proficiency percentage decrease between the 2012 MME and the 2013 MME in at least one subject.

Norway High School performed well with only one decrease, which was in math. In all other subjects, Norway students either improved or remained the same.

Forest Park High School and West Iron County High School reported declines in three subjects, Iron Mountain High School and North Dickinson High School reported declines in four subjects, and Kingsford High School reported declines in all five subjects.

Despite the drops in scores, several schools kept up with the statewide proficiency percentages.

Norway and North Dickinson met or exceeded the statewide averages in four subjects, Iron Mountain and Forest Park met or exceeded the statewide averages in three subjects, and Kingsford and West Iron County met or exceeded the statewide averages in two subjects.

For local students, science appeared to be the toughest subject. It was the lowest scoring subject in every school except Forest Park, where math was the lowest.

Reading was the highest scoring subject for all schools except Kingsford, where students did best in writing.

Detailed 2013 MME results for each school are listed below. The 2012 MME results are also listed for comparison.

Iron Mountain High School, 2013: reading, 47 percent; math, 30 percent; writing, 40 percent; social studies, 45 percent; science, 25 percent. Number of students tested, 73.

Iron Mountain High School, 2012: reading, 59 percent; math, 38 percent; writing, 59 percent; social studies, 45 percent; science, 32 percent. Number of students tested, 100.

Kingsford High School, 2013: reading, 44 percent; math, 28 percent; writing, 51 percent; social studies, 33 percent; science, 16 percent. Number of students tested, 120.

Kingsford High School, 2012: reading, 67 percent; math, 41 percent; writing, 61 percent; social studies, 47 percent; science, 37 percent. Number of students tested, 146.

Norway High School, 2013: reading, 56 percent; math, 29 percent; writing, 53 percent; social studies, 44 percent; science, 20 percent. Number of students tested, 55.

Norway High School, 2012: reading, 56 percent; math, 44 percent; writing, 52 percent; social studies, 39 percent; science, 17 percent. Number of students tested, 54.

North Dickinson High School, 2013: reading, 56 percent; math, 56 percent; writing, 41 percent; social studies, 44 percent; science, 30 percent. Number of students tested, 27.

North Dickinson High School, 2012: reading, 58 percent; math, 46 percent; writing, 58 percent; social studies, 75 percent; science, 50 percent. Number of students tested, 24.

Forest Park High School, 2013: reading, 56 percent; math, 24 percent; writing, 27 percent; social studies, 39 percent; science, 27 percent. Number of students tested, 41.

Forest Park High School, 2012: reading, 51 percent; math, 25 percent; writing, 59 percent; social studies, 33 percent; science, 31 percent. Number of students tested, 37.

West Iron County High School, 2013: reading, 66 percent; math, 27 percent; writing, 56 percent; social studies, 30 percent; science, 24 percent. Number of students tested, 79.

West Iron County High School, 2012: reading, 63 percent; math, 28 percent; writing, 52 percent; social studies, 46 percent; science, 28 percent. Number of students tested, 54.

Nikki Younk's e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.

 
 

 

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