Merit Exam Shows Mixed Results

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

High school students improved in math and writing but did worse in reading and science in the third year of Michigan's revamped standardized testing program.

The state said Tuesday that 49 percent of public school students were proficient or advanced in math, up from 46 percent in 2008.

Eleventh-graders who took the Michigan Merit Exam in the spring would be eligible for the $4,000 Michigan Promise scholarship. Students must score at the proficient or advanced level to get half of the cash up front. Otherwise they wouldn't get the scholarship until finishing two years of college.

But the scholarship money is in danger of being cut because of Michigan's budget deficit.

The merit exam is the ACT college entrance exam plus a writing portion.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2009 at 08:34 AM
    How many ways do you show that the school systems are failing under the government? We need to turn these schools back over to the local communities. We will some flounder while most will flourish. People will get more involved when they know there is a personal investment to gain.
  • by DumAsMe Location: Lansing on Jul 14, 2009 at 03:52 PM
    Why should we be proud that "49 percent of public school students were proficient or advanced in math, up from 46 percent in 2008". That means less than 50% are still not making the grade. Strive for excellence!
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