The Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) report shows how proficient students are in math, reading, science, social studies, and writing in grades 3-9.
The data are important because it tells us if students are learning what our education experts consider essential for a successful future.
The MEAP test is based on Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. Testing occurs in the fall of each year on the previous year’s expectations.
All students in grades 3 through 8 are assessed in reading and mathematics; grades 4 and 7 are assessed in writing; grades 5 and 8 are tested in science; and grades 6 and 9 are evaluated in social studies.
Data can be viewed by mean scaled scores or by performance level. Mean scaled scores are the average scores after equating from year to year and form to form, meaning that any differences in the difficulty of items from one year to the next or from one form to the next are accounted for and are more comparable. This makes
it possible to compare MEAP scale scores from the same grade and subject against each other regardless of the year or form of the MEAP. MEAP scale scores within each subject area are described in ranges. Performance levels are the labels
applied to these ranges. A student’s proficiency will fall into one of these four levels: advanced (level 1); proficient (level 2); partially proficient (level
3); and not proficient (level 4).
Nonpublic schools can choose to have their students take the MEAP, and if so, their scores will be displayed in this report. However, nonpublic MEAP scores are not counted towards a school district, intermediate school district (ISD), or the statewide totals. To search for nonpublic schools you will need to use the
keyword search and enter the school’s name. Please note many of the nonpublic schools are smaller schools and data suppression rules may be in place. This is to protect the privacy of individual students. Whenever report settings would yield fewer than 10 students, less than 5 percent, or over 95 percent in any grouping, the data will not display.
This report lets you compare data by entity (school, district, ISD, and statewide), as well as by grade level and by subject. If you select a single subject, you may compare proficiency scores by gender, race and ethnicity, economically disadvantaged, English language learners, and students with disabilities. This demographic breakdown option is not available if you select All Subjects because it would return too much
information for the graph to display. However, you do have the option of highlighting and selecting multiple demographic categories for comparison. You
may also see how MEAP scores have been trending since the 2008-09 high school
Note: English language arts (ELA) is a subject that only appears when viewing reports from the 2008-09 school year and earlier. ELA was not part of the MEAP test after the 2008-09 school year.
Exploring the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) report can answer questions such as:
The Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) report is based on guidelines from the Michigan Department of Education's MEAP Guide to Reports Fall 2013.
The MEAP report uses adjusted cut scores for performance levels in key subject matter areas. Beginning with the tests taken during the 2011-12 school year, the score ranges for each category changed to meet more rigorous proficiency standards. Although the scoring over time has not changed, the cutoff for each level has changed. To make comparisons more accurate, data displayed from 2007 forward is based on these new cut score ranges. Details about scale scores and performance levels can be found at the Michigan Department of Education's MEAP website.
It is not always appropriate for students with cognitive impairments to take the MEAP. If it is determined that the MEAP would not be a fair assessment even with accommodations, a student with a cognitive impairment or learning disability would take MI-Access, an alternative assessment test geared toward a student's specific needs.
The report is updated in February of each year.
The Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) collected the data used to compile this report. The databases used include:
Please refer to the Michigan Department of Education's MEAP Guide to Reports Fall 2013 for data calculation specifics.
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