Tests Show 1 in 3 EGR Students Failing Math
For years, those of us in East Grand Rapids got used to seeing 98% of our students “proficient” in the state assessments (MEAP Scores). That’s because until last year, it took as little as 29% correct on the tests to be deemed proficient. Essentially, you could get a few right, randomly guess at the rest, and magically be “proficient.”
In 2011, Michigan raised the bar—and it’s about time. Now, for instance in Math, it takes an average of 61.2% correct answers to be deemed proficient. The MEAP Score hurdles are set at what a student should minimally know for her grade level.
I don’t know what it was like when you went to school, but when I did, 65% and lower was failing. Math MEAPs let you get as little as 58% and still “pass.”
Yet, 1 in 3 EGR students are failing math proficiency tests, failing to get at least 61% right on the test.
In 6th grade, where it takes only 58% right to be proficient, only 48% of the students actually are.
These aren’t special ed results. These are the numbers for the entire district.
This isn’t “excellent.”
It’s not even good.
Yet, Shubel sends out letters boasting we’re better than 95% of the schools in the state.
Of course we are. Look at where we live:
- Median household income is one of the highest in the state: $99,489
- 99.5% of people have high-school diplomas
- 77.3% hold at least a bachelor’s degree
- The home ownership rate is 92.5%
- Poverty is almost non-existent
- Violent crime is almost non-existent
- Homelessness is almost non-existent
- We have no need for busing
- 98% of EGR students intend to go to college
That’s the District’s starting point.
That’s the leg up the District has before our kids even walk in the school doors.
Of course the District is doing better than 95% of the schools in the state. It has a heck of a lot more to do with parents’ influence than it does the school’s.
Yet, 1 in 3 EGR students aren’t proficient in math.
They aren’t where they should be for their grade level.
Instead of sending out boastful letters, Shubel should be vowing to find and fix the problems, vowing to do better.
It’s time to stop talking about a “tradition of excellence”.
It’s time to start delivering it.
We can do better.
We expect better.
Our kids deserve better.