The Michigan Department of Education reports that BHS students showed improvements in nearly every category — at every grade level — with a few exceptions during last year's tests. That's consistent with what districts statewide demonstrated in the data.
During the MEAP exam, taken during fall 2011, students in grades 3-9 were tested in math, reading, writing, social studies and/or science depending on the grade level.
Across Michigan, students showed improvement in reading, math and writing in 2012, with the improvement seen in all grades and most demographic groups.
And it all occurred in spite a new set of cut scores — scores that define the define the cut-off point for the various levels of proficiency on MEAP test: advanced, proficient, partially proficient and not proficient.
'Rising to the challenge' of new standards
Scores across Michigan took a hit in 2011 after the state implemented a new set of cut scores — scores that define the cut-off point for the various levels of proficiency on the MEAP: advanced, proficient, partially proficient and not proficient.
Across Michigan, students made the biggest jump on the 2012 MEAP in reading proficiency for third and eighth graders — with a 4.1 and 5.2 percent gain, respectively. Proficiency in math and writing also grew, with a 6.1 percentage-point gain in fifth grade math.
Meanwhile, science scores dropped across the state in 2012, particularly in fifth and eighth grade, the data showed.
Compared to 2011 results, BHS fifth-grade students showed a decline in the area of science, from 34.7 percent to 26.9 percent, but showed a slight gain in math and about the same in reading, the data shows.
Eighth graders also slipped in science from 41 percent proficiency in 2011 to 34.1 percent last year.
"These gains demonstrate (that) Michigan's teachers and students are rising to the challenge of the rigorous standards established last year," said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan in a statement. "I am encouraged by the progress we are making in Michigan and look forward to the continued efforts to help all students achieve at a higher level in all subjects."
For a school-by-school breakdown of how each school performed on the 2012 MEAP, visit School Data: How Did Bloomfield Hills Students Perform On the MEAP Test?
Fall 2012 MEAP scores
Percentage of all Bloomfield Hills Schools students who met or exceeded state standards, as compared with those same percentages in 2011.
Grade 3BHS 2012 BHS 2011 Michigan 2012 Math 71.1% 63.5% 40.9% Reading 89.4% 83.5% 66.5%
Grade 4BHS 2012 BHS 2011 Michigan 2012 Math 71.7% 69.6% 44.9% Reading 88.4% 83% 68.1% Writing 69.8% 62.5% 46.7%
Grade 5BHS 2012 BHS 2011 Michigan 2012 Math 75.9% 71.5% 45.7% Reading 88.2% 88.3% 70.4% Science 26.9% 34.7% 13.1%
Grade 6BHS 2012 BHS 2011 Michigan 2012 Math 75.4% 78.4% 40.2% Reading 87.5% 87.5% 68.2% Social Studies 56.6% 53.7% 29.7%
Grade 7BHS 2012 BHS 2011 Michigan 2012 Math 79.4% 72.5% 38.4% Reading 87.3% 81.6% 62% Writing 83.3% 78.4% 51.7%
Grade 8BHS 2012 BHS 2011 Michigan 2012 Math 73.3% 69.2% 32.5% Reading 86.5% 84.9% 65.7% Science 34.1% 41% 15.9%
Grade 9BHS 2012 BHS 2011 Michigan 2012 Social Studies 70.3% 64% 28.6%
Source: Michigan Department of Education