The Michigan Merit Examination (MME) measures the proficiency of Michigan 11th graders in mathematics, reading, science, social studies, and writing.
The data are important because they can tell us how ready these students are for college and careers after high school.
The MME is only one indicator of readiness for life after high school. Other MI School Data reports that can help complete the picture include the ACT College Readiness and College Remedial Coursework reports.
The MME is administered each March and is based on the Michigan High School Content Expectations. Students who did not test as 11th graders or do not have valid MME scores are tested as 12th graders.
While the vast majority of high school students take the MME, it isn’t always appropriate for students with disabilities. When it’s determined that the MME, even with accommodations, wouldn’t be a fair assessment, a student with a disability takes an alternative assessment called MI-Access.
A student’s proficiency will land in one of four levels: Advanced (Level 1); Proficient (Level 2); Partially Proficient (Level 3); and Not Proficient (Level 4). Beginning with the tests taken during the 2011-12 school year, the score ranges for each level were changed to meet more rigorous proficiency standards. So although the scoring over time hasn’t changed, the cutoff for each level has. To make comparisons more accurate, trend data displayed from 2007 forward is based on these new cut score ranges.
You can explore by entity (high school, district, intermediate school district, and statewide) and by subject (math, reading, science, social studies, and writing; for 2007-09 English Language Arts was also tested). If you select a single subject you can compare proficiency scores by gender, race and ethnicity, economically disadvantaged, English language learners, and students with disabilities. This demographic breakdown option isn’t available if you select All Subjects, though, because the graph would be too cluttered.
Proficiency percentages as well as average score snapshots can be viewed. You can also see how MME scores have been trending since the 2007-08 high school year.
Is my school doing better each year?
Select your school under Edit Report/Find Location. Under Report Settings, choose the most recent School Year; Grade – 11th Grade; Subject—All Subjects; and Report Category—All Students. Click on View Results. When your report appears, select Trend in the view bar at the top.
How do my school’s 11th graders compare to the neighboring district? The state overall?
Select your school under Edit Report/Find Location, and then click the Add Comparison button to select either the neighboring school or set to Statewide. Select the subject(s) and report categories you prefer. Your report will provide data for both entities. Another way is to click Entity Breakdown in the view bar at the top for any report. The data table will give you a breakdown of all the ISDs in the state if you are at the state entity level, all districts within an ISD if you chose an ISD; all schools within a district if you selected a district level. You can then sort the data table by column.
What percentage of the students from my local high school met the MME proficiency standards this year?
Select your high school under Edit Report/Find Location. Choose Subject—All Subject, and Report Category—All Students. Under Report Settings, choose [Category] – [Selection]; [Category] – [Selection]. The report will show, by subject, the percent of students proficient (Level 1 or Level 2). Take a look at both Performance Level and Mean Scaled Score views.
Are female students in my district as college- and career-ready as male students?
Select your district and All School in District under Edit Report/Find Location. Under Report Settings, choose the most recent year and any one subject, then Report Category—Gender. (Note: If you don’t see these selections, it’s probably because you have Entity Breakdown view selected. Go back and select either Snapshot or Trend view and then enter your settings.) When your report renders, you might also want to see how it’s been trending (click Trend in the view bar).
Are we making progress in closing academic achievement gaps between different race and ethnicity groups?
Select the entity level you wish to explore (state, ISD, district, school) under Edit Report/Find Location. Under Report Settings, choose the most recent year, and any one subject, then Race/Ethnicity. (Note: If you don’t see these selections, it’s probably because you have Entity Breakdown view selected. Go back and select either Snapshot or Trend view and then enter your settings.) When your report appears, click Trend in the view bar at the top.
Which districts in my ISD are most successful in preparing kids for college and careers?
Select your ISD and All Districts in ISD under Edit Report/Find Location. Under Report Settings, choose All Subjects and All Students. When your report appears, select Entity Breakdown in the view bar at the top. The resulting data table will list each district within the ISD. You can then sort your report from the highest to the lowest percentage by clicking on the Students Proficient column header. Be sure to take into account the Number Assessed column in your evaluation.
I would like to be able to examine the complete data for all the schools in the state. How can I get that report?
You can request that the full data spreadsheet be emailed to you by clicking on Data Files under Other in the left navigation.
The Michigan Merit Examination (MME) is administered each March and is based on the Michigan High School Content Expectations. Students who did not test as 11th graders or do not have valid MME scores are tested as 12th graders.
In order to more accurately reflect career and college readiness, the Michigan Department of Education began using more rigorous proficiency calculations (cut scores) for key subject matter areas starting with the tests administered during the 2011-12 school year. To ease the transition to the new cut scores, student performance information for the past four years of testing has been recalculated. Although the student performance information has not changed and is valid as it was reported at the time, this display shows performance information based on the new cut scores.
When viewing by race/ethnicity, you may see gaps and breaks in the trend view. This is because federal definitions and categories have changed over the years. More information about race and ethnicity categories can be found on the CEPI website.
To protect the privacy of individual students, CEPI uses data suppression rules. 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 unless you are logged in as an authorized user.
You can select and compare data at different entity levels: statewide, by intermediate school district (ISD), by school district, and by individual schools which include all local education agency (LEA) and public school academy (PSA) schools.
The school year in which the test was administered.
English Language Arts
Students eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch based on family economic status.
English Language Learners
Limited English Proficient (LEP) students who speak a language other than English as their primary language and who have difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding English.
Students With Disabilities
Students with one or more specific impairments that require special education or related services and have an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
The percentage of students at each performance level: Level 1-Advanced, Level 2-Proficient, Level 3-Partially Proficient, and Level 4-Not Proficient.
Mean Scaled Score
The average scores after equating from year to year and form to form, so 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.
Students who scored in the Advanced (Level 1) or Proficient (Level 2) categories are considered proficient.
The total number of students tested.
How much the scores deviate from the mean/average.
<10, <5%, >95%
The data will not display when there is a risk of identifying an individual student.
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 MME website for data calculation specifics.
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