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Royal Oak Schools Tops County and State Averages in State MEAP Testing

The multi-year trend on MEAP scores for Royal Oak is positive.

Students in the Royal Oak Schools scored well above state and county averages on the Fall 2013 administration of the state’s MEAP test. A five-year view of Royal Oak’s scores also show an increase in scores, with steep increases in some subject areas. The MEAP test is administered in grades 3-8 in five subject areas: Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Writing. 

In Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Writing, Royal Oak scored well above state and county averages, with scores in the top quartile of the county for Science, Social Studies, and Writing.

“A solid foundation in language arts in Royal Oak, especially non-fiction reading and writing, contributes to our students’ strong achievement across these other subject areas,” stated Sarah Olson, the district’s Director of Instruction. 

The multi-year trend on MEAP scores for Royal Oak is positive, with increases in all subject areas over the past four years, and steep improvements in some areas since 2010:

  • 21 percent increase in 4th Grade Math
  • 13 percent increase in 5th Grade Math 
  • 16 percent increase in 8th Grade Reading

Of the seventeen MEAP Tests administered in five subject areas across grades 3-8, Royal Oak students showed increased scores on 16 of those tests over the past four years. 

Commenting on the scores released today, Shawn Lewis-Lakin, Superintendent of Schools, said, “the year to year comparison of MEAP scores from this year to last year shows mixed results. We take seriously year to year changes in scores, but do so in a broad context. The scores released today  are one assessment of last year's learning based on tests taken by students last October. Other assessments taken by our students (for example the national ACT-Explore test administered to all 8th graders in December, which showed a strong year to year improvement) provide additional data. 

“Our task is to dig deeper with this data and all of the data we collect on student learning. We are committed to using all of the information provided to us through local, state, and national assessments to analyze and improve student learning,” said Lewis-Lakin. 

The MI-School Data link, available on the district website – www.royaloakschools.org – provides access to complete MEAP score data sets. 

Source: Royal Oak Schools
Royal Oak Mom March 02, 2014 at 11:23 AM
It appears to me that district officials may need to learn the difference between increases in percentage and increases in percentage points. When I looked up the 4th grade math scores, 42.8% of students were proficient in 2010 and 63.9% in 2013. That's a percentage point increase of about 21. The actual percentage increase, though, is 49%. If these are indeed the numbers district office officials are referring to, they apparently are not as proficient in math as the fourth graders are!
resident March 02, 2014 at 02:23 PM
Good job.
resident March 02, 2014 at 02:31 PM
I have difficulty with the "A solid foundation in language arts in Royal Oak, especially non-fiction reading and writing, contributes to our students’ strong achievement across these other subject areas,” We recently switched our child to a private middle school. Our child always received A's in Language arts, until we switched schools. She is now struggling to get a C, the teaches said she seems about 2 years behind in her writing. Our daughter states they are teaching her things about grammar and writing she has never heard of before. Very frustrating for our whole family. Luckily this is being taken care of before high school.

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