Alpena, RC happy with MEAP improvements

The results for the fall 2012 Michigan Educational Assessment Program tests given to third- through eighth-graders once per year in October were released on Monday. Alpena Public Schools and Rogers City Area Schools are showing signs of improvement in a variety of programs based on this year’s testing.

“We are beginning to close the gaps we identified last year,” Hans Stevens, director of elementary instruction for APS, said. “It’s good to see the work we’ve put into improving achievement is paying off.”

According to Stevens, last year’s MEAP cut scores showed an achievement gap in math, as response APS Board of Education approved updating its math curriculum, introducing new elementary math textbook series, and hiring a math coach.

“Our teachers, administrators and support staff have worked hard during the past year to bring student achievement up,” Superintendent Brent Holcomb, said in a press release. “We still have work to do, but these results show that we’re moving in the right direction.”

Rogers City Area Schools Superintendent Katy Makowski said she was pleased to see continued growth in MEAP scores, but will be focusing on math and the implementation of a new core curriculum at the K-5 level aligned with common core standards.

“We analyzed individual student growth,” Makowski said. “As we follow our grade levels and cohorts through, we were very happy to see significant improvement at the third grade level. This should give them a good MEAP platform to build from.”

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