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 it shows how prepared students are for college and careers after high school.
The MME is based on Michigan High School Content Expectations, established by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). It measures the proficiency of Michigan 11th graders in mathematics, reading, science, social studies, and writing. The MME also tests real world skills that are valuable in today's job market.
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.
While the vast majority of high school students take the MME, it is not 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.
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 MME scale scores from the same grade and subject against each other regardless of when the test was taken or which form of MME was used. MME 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 MME, and if so, their scores will be displayed in this report. However, nonpublic MME 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. Data suppression rules apply to both public and nonpublic schools to protect student privacy.
This report lets you compare data by entity (high school, district, ISD, and statewide) and by subject (math, reading, science, social studies, and writing). 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 MME scores have been trending since the 2008-09 high school year.
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 MME test after the 2008-09 school year.
The Michigan Merit Examination (MME) report can answer questions like:
The Michigan Merit Examination (MME) report is based on guidelines from the Michigan Department of Education's MME Spring 2014 Guide to Reports.
The MME 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 were 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 MME website.
The MME has three components: the ACT Plus Writing, WorkKeys, and Michigan- specific assessments. The ACT Plus Writing is a college entrance examination that complements the multiple-choice ACT English Test. This portion of the test measures the writing skills students have acquired in their high school English courses. Many colleges use the ACT Plus Writing Test as a guide for placing incoming students into first-year composition courses. WorkKeys provides job skills assessments in reading for information, applied mathematics, and locating information. The WorkKeys portion is way of measuring real world skills that are valuable to employers. Michigan -specific assessment measures mathematics, science, and social studies.
The MME is administered in March. The report is updated in June 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 MME website for data calculation specifics.
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