If you're child recently took the fourth or seventh grade MEAP writing test, his or her scores may be boosted by the state.
That's because the essay questions were harder than last years.
A spokesman for the Michigan Department of Education says it's to ensure that the exam is age appropriate, fair and calibrated so that these scores can compare to years past.
As a result, scores may be inflated.
Published reports say results for fourth and seventh graders in the writing section were ten percentage points lower then last years.
The drop has caused concern among educators and lawmakers; many are already working on a replacement for the MEAP.
But some say this is not about comparing years past but about achieving standardized success to hit No Child Left Behind federal goals.