Third graders at Lansing Township's Windemere View Elementary School can't wait to take the MEAP.
"They're actually really excited for the MEAP because we do a two week celebration," says Vickie Tisdale, Windemere's principal. "Our kids have different dress up days, we have special snacks, and special crafts."
They're making rainbow fish for the 'Rainbow Days of MEAP' now, but since school started, Waverly Community Schools have been hard at work to get students ready to test well.
"We do some review amd we use an onlne curriculum called Study Island, which students use throughout the district from 2nd grade to 9th grade, says Dorothy Blackwell, Waverly Community Schools' Director of Curriculum.
Lansing's Pattengill Middle School has been preparing too. More than 600 students will test there in the next three weeks.
"The objective for us right now is to test as many students--to test all our students," explains Daniel Jimenez, Pattengill's MEAP Coordinator. "That's one criteria for a building and a district to make AYP."
That's Annual Yearly Progress, a criteria of the No Child Left Behind Act. Pattengill didn't make AYP last year, but the school is using creative incentives this year to turn that around.
"We're trying to promote it and give them a sense that the MEAP is very important and we appreciate the good job you do on it," says Pattengill Principal Kirk Sulzman.
But district officials point out it's also important to put the test results in context.
"This is just a snapshot in time on any given day," says T.C. Wallace, Lansing School District Superintendent. "The youngsters can do very well, or not so well."
Local schools are hoping their prep will pay off, and their students will succeed.