MEAP Highs And Lows

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

With some schools scoring 100 percent proficiency on certain MEAP sections, and math scores up across the board from last year, Superintendent T.C. Wallace likes the look of Lansing's MEAP report card.

"We're very satisfied," Wallace says.

Third and fourth graders in Lansing, and generally around the state, are excelling in math, reading, and English Language arts.

Writing is markedly weaker. Only 34 percent of fourth graders in the Capital City were proficient in 2008, down from 38 percent last year.

But the younger the students, the better the scores.

By eighth grade in Lansing, in every subject, students are only making the grade in the 40 or 50 percent ranges.

This year's scores are especially important, in a year when the district-- and parents-- are deciding which way to go with a repositioning plan that could shut schools down. Wallace wants to make sure the district is on top.

"We're very competitive," he says of the scores.

Wallace says these scores will most definitely be a consideration when he takes a look at the district's repositioning plan.

"In the repositioning plan, we want to make sure we do things that help in students' achievement."

Achievement wallace says this year was right on track.


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