Detroit Public Schools student MEAP test proficiency continues upward trend

Grade-by-grade increases in Reading 5%, Math 3.8% and Writing 6.8% from 2011-2013
New programs planned for students entering DPS; 8 college deans engaged

The results are in for the 2013 Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) test, and Detroit Public Schools’ student achievement shows a continued upward trend and a closing of the gap with statewide scores in a majority of subjects and grades tested from 2011 to 2013.

DPS MEAP scores in reading, math, writing, science and social studies have increased on 16 of 18 tests, remained stable on two of 18 tests, and closed the gap with statewide peers on 10 of 18 tests.

 

Test DPS-All Students Tested:

Change from 2012 to 2013

DPS-All Students Tested: Change from 2011-2013 (from base year)

 

DPS-All Students Tested: 2011-2013 closing the gap with statewide peers Remaining gap to reach statewide average for proficiency, Black/African American testing subgroup
Reading 3

(7.2)

2.6

3.9

1.1

Reading 4

2.0

4.9

2.0

5.8

Reading 5

(1.0)

3.0

0.1

5.7

Reading 6

(0.5)

7.3

2.8

5.9

Reading 7

(4.0)

(0.4)

(1.1)

7.3

Reading 8

1.5

12.7

4.5

4.7

AVG READING INCREASE

(1.5)

5.0

Math 3

(1.0)

4.9

2.1

3.6

Math 4

(1.7)

6.1

(0.3)

2.4

Math 5

(1.5)

4.0

(1.6)

4.7

Math 6

1.2

1.7

(2.6)

3.9

Math 7

(1.4)

2.3

2.1

3.9

Math 8

1.1

5.0

(0.1)

0.8

AVG MATH INCREASE

(0.6)

3.8

 
Writing 4

5.8

8.7

2.7

5.5

Writing 7

(4.4)

4.8

(0.9)

10.3

AVG WRITING INCREASE

0.7

6.8

 
Science 5

0.6

0.1

(1.4)

0.4

Science 8

0.5

1.9

(1.4)

0.4

AVG SCI INCREASE

0.6

1.0

 
Soc Stud 6

(0.6)

(0.5)

0.7

0.6

Soc Stud 9

(2.8)

0.7

3.8

0.6

AVG SOC STUD INCREASES

(1.7)

0.1

Avg. = 3.8

 

As a result, among testing subgroups, DPS’ largest subgroup (African American students) are approaching equity with their statewide peers, with scores on average within 3.8 points of African American students statewide.

DPS Superintendent of Academics Karen Ridgeway believes that gap can be eliminated by the next year if our strong academic plan continues to be implemented with fidelity and we all remain committed to providing the best education possible to Detroit Public Schools’ nearly 50,000 students.

Comparing fall 2012 results to those from fall 2013, DPS achieved increases in seven out of 18 testing categories, with the improvements ranging from .5 percent to 7.8 percent. DPS also experienced decreases in 11 out of 18 testing categories, with the decreases ranging from .5 percent to 7.4 percent.

As a point of reference for everyone, MEAP test content is based on what was learned from the previous school year. In fall 2013, DPS drew 10,565 new students to the district, an unprecedented number, the majority of which came from charter schools. This number equals 19.7 percent of DPS’ total enrollment and 35 percent of all MEAP test takers.

The 2013 test data shows that students who had been enrolled in DPS for a full academic year demonstrated student achievement on the fall MEAP test 2.2 percent higher in math and reading and 0.9 percent higher in writing than their peers new to the district, exhibiting further proof that DPS’ academic plan is showing real results.

Given this data, the district is reviewing the implementation of new summer bridge and transition programs and additional academic support for students entering the district this summer, and in future years, to ensure their academic success and DPS’ positive academic achievement trajectory.

DPS has also begun working closely with the Deans of the College of Education at Wayne State University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, University of Detroit-Mercy, Oakland University, Central Michigan University, Adrian College and Eastern Michigan University to review its overall academic programs and make recommendations for continued progress.

We know that there is still much work to be done. However, thanks to the hard work and dedication of all Detroit Public Schools employees, we are confident that student achievement will continue to improve. The only way to make that possible is for all of us to remain laser focused on our mission of providing the best education possible for all of Detroit’s children.

View the full DPS Fall MEAP Results Comparison 2012 to 2013.

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