By BOB OLIVER
DEARBORN — The numbers for the 2013 Michigan Merit Exam have been released, and Dearborn Public Schools have made improvements from 2012, but two of the three district high schools remain under the state average.
The Michigan Department of Education released the statewide exam results on June 24.
The exam is given to 11th-grade students and measures how schools are performing based on Michigan high school standards. Dearborn, Edsel Ford and Fordson high school students showed improvements across the board in all of the tested subjects compared to 2012.
There are five areas in the test: math, reading, science, writing and social studies. Students taking the exam have their performance labeled as advanced, proficient, partially proficient or not proficient. A performance of either advanced or proficient must be met for the student to be labeled as proficient in the subject.
Statewide averages for students being proficient in the subjects are 28.6 in math, 53.5 in reading, 25.7 in science, 49.3 in writing and 38.6 in social studies.
At DHS, there was an increase in the percentage of students proficient in all five subjects. The biggest leap was in reading, which grew from 55.6 in 2012 to 58 in 2013. Against state averages, DHS did very well, as it was above the state in all five categories.
EFHS also saw improvement over last year’s numbers, but did not surpass the state in any subject, though it was close in reading, writing and social studies. The biggest percentage jump for the school came in social studies, which jumped over 8 percent in one year. They fell farthest from the state average in math, where the school finished 8.6 percent below the average.
At FHS, improvements were made but the school is still well below the average in science and reading (11.7 and 7.5 percent, respectively). Compared to 2012, there were jumps of nearly 7 percent in reading and math and an 8.8 percent increase in social studies scores.
DPS Supt. Brian Whiston brought up the test results at the DPS Board of Trustees meeting on June 24, commending the work of the faculty, staff and administration in the one-year improvements of the scores.
“We saw test scores improve considerably across the board: elementary, middle and high school,” Whiston said. “We still have a long way to go, but we have to celebrate that we did come a long way this past year.”
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