MME Results: SHS Bests County Schools In Every Subject

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 06/24/2013 - 12:45

When it comes to Michigan Merit Exam results, the number everyone looks for is the percentage of students who perform at a proficient level.

Remarkably, Saline High School ranked number one among its county peers in all five subject areas.

The MME is administered annually in the spring to high school juniors.

Overall, scores improved very slightly at Saline Area Schools, bucking a statewide small decline. In terms of the percentage of students achieving proficiency, Saline improved by a couple of points in science and writing, while it dropped by a point in reading and social studies.

Though Saline bested its county peers in every subject, closer inspection of the numbers shows there is room for improvement.  When it comes to the percentage of students achieving  an advancedlevel of proficiency, Saline ranked first in reading and social studies, third in math and science and fourth in writing among the six schools in the peer group.

Standardized test scores are increasingly prominent in education. School districts use the data to address issues and improve. Failure to meet minimum standards can result in funding cuts – though Saline is miles from such a fate.

Test scores are a critical component of “building the Saline brand,” a concept more prominent as the district markets itself as a place where families should live or as a schools of choice destination.

This year the school district received 256 applications from out-of-district parents who wanted to send children to Saline. The district expects to admit a record high 120+ schools of choice. Schools of choice is now looked at as a way to combat declining enrollment. Since students are worth $7,250 each in state funding, attracting  out-of-district students helps the school district maintain staffing levels and educational programming.

The increased interest in Saline schools came without the district spending a dime on advertising.

“It was all word of mouth,” said Superintendent Scot Graden. “A lot of the news around the rankings and Saline’s selection as the best place to raise kids, or Saline having the fourth best high school in the state, are helping us build the Saline Area Schools brand. People know what we’re about.”

 

 

 

Saline High School MME Results 2012-13

 
Subject

Proficient

Students

Advanced

Level

Proficient

Partially

Proficient

Not

Proficient

Mathematics 62.0% 22.0% 40.0% 28.0% 10%
Reading 81.0% 37.0% 44.0% 15.0% 5%
Science 56.0% 25.0% 31.0% 23.0% 21%
Social Studies 71.0% 33.0% 39.0% 25.0% <5%
Writing 80.0% 20.0% 61.0% 20.0% <5%

Saline High School MME Results 2011-12

 

 
 

Proficient

Students

Advanced

Level

Proficient

Partially

Proficient

Not

Proficient

Mathematics 62.0% 23.0% 39.0% 29.0% 10.0%
Reading 82.0% 36.0% 46.0% 14.0% <5%
Science 52.0% 27.0% 25.0% 27.0% 21.0%
Social Studies 72.0% 31.0% 41.0% 22.0% 6.0%
Writing 77.0% 16.0% 61% 21.0% <5.0%

Percentage of Students Proficient

  Math Reading Science Social Studies Writing
Saline HS 63 (1st) 81 (1st) 57 (1st) 72 (1st) 81(1st)
Dexter HS 55 79 53 67 73
Chelsea HS 52 73 46 61 69
Pioneer HS 61 76 49 63 74
Huron HS 58 72 46 57 66
Skyline HS 59 72 51 68 73

 

Percentage of Students at Advance Level

  Math Reading Science Social Studies Writing
Saline HS 22 (3rd) 37 (1st) 25 (3rd) 33 (1st) 20 (4th)
Dexter HS 20 27 22 22 14
Chelsea HS 18 29 22 23 14
Pioneer HS 28 36 28 30 21
Huron HS 32 33 32 24 21
Skyline HS 21 35 25 27 22

 

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