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MSTEP Scores Increase in Two-Thirds of Grade Levels/Subjects, First Time SAT Scores Released

Students in grades 3-8 and 11th across the State of Michigan took the second annual MSTEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) last spring.  Proficiency scores have now been publically released.  Oakridge students showed proficiency gains in two-thirds of the grades and subjects tested.  Changes to the test from the prior year allowed students to spend less time testing and schools receiving results earlier than last year, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced.

“The Spring 2016 results show that what Oakridge is doing in our classrooms is working!” said Oakridge Superintendent Tom Livezey. “I am proud of our students, teachers, parents, and community working together to improve learning and prepare our kids for college and workplace success.  We will stay focused on continued growth.”

MSTEP is an online and more rigorous assessment than the prior MEAP Assessment.  MSTEP will remain the same for Spring 2017, but the Michigan Department of Education is working with Statewide stakeholders to identify potential changes in the testing system for future years.

Of the 18 grade-subject combinations tested, 12 showed gains in the percent of students proficient or advanced.  When compared to 2015 results, this year’s MSTEP proficiency rate increases occurred in:

  • Grades 4, 5, and 7 in English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 in Mathematics
  • Grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science, and
  • Grades 5 and 11 in Social Studies

Science scores increased in every grade tested, especially 11th grade where proficiency rates more than doubled.  Likewise, Social Studies proficiency scores tripled!

While declines did occur in third grade Math and ELA, Oakridge has spent significant time and effort reorganizing our K-3 literacy efforts and staffing which will surely produce results in 2017 and beyond.  Oakridge has also created a new intervention program in kindergarten to ensure they have every opportunity to reach the key math and reading milestone of proficiency by third grade.

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The SAT, administered to 11th-graders for the first time in Spring 2016, serves as both a college entrance exam and the State ELA and Mathematics assessment.  The 2016 SAT is the baseline for future SAT exams in Michigan.  Like the MSTEP, the SAT is aligned with Michigan Standards.

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“We can celebrate our growth in MSTEP scores and we have our baseline SAT scores.  Our kids and community will continue our growth by partnering with Oakridge educators.  We’re up for this challenge!” Livezey said, but reminded, “Test scores are just one indicator we use to measure the quality of education provided here at Oakridge.  We are also focused on keeping our kids safe, healthy, supported, engaged, and challenged so they are prepared to make a positive impact to our increasingly competitive and highly skilled work force. ”

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