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Article of Interest - MEAP

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Bridges4Kids LogoBackground on NCLB/MEAP and Michigan High School Report Cards

Information from: Michigan Department of Education's Public Agenda and the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Districts
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On Thursday, November 4, 2004, the Michigan Department of Education posted Education YES! High School Report Cards on

This is the second time high schools have received the annual report cards.

The Education YES! accreditation system is how the State of Michigan is meeting the federal requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

Some high school buildings were identified as "needing improvement" based on student performance on the Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) and the calculated Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for students and specific student subgroups.

There are 50 ways for a high school not to make AYP.

For a high school to make AYP, it would have to meet participation (in the test), graduation, and achievement targets in English Language Arts and Math for the entire student body and each subgroup of 30 or more students identified by No Child Left Behind. The subgroups are:

Black or African American;
American Indian or Alaska Native;
Asian American;
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander;
Hispanic or Latino;
Caucasian or White;
Limited English Proficient;
Students with Disabilities; and
Economically Disadvantaged.

Education YES! is a new accreditation system created by the Michigan Department of Education for every public school building and all charter schools in the state.

Each report card includes a single grade for English Language Arts, math, science, social studies, performance indicators, whether or not the district made AYP, and one composite grade.

Schools that receive a composite grade of A, B, or C are accredited.

Schools with D grades are "On Alert" and will receive conditional accreditation. Schools with F grades are not accredited and will receive support from the Michigan Department of Education.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of each school building's composite grade is based on student achievement. The State of Michigan measures student achievement through an evaluation of three years of Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) test results.

Thirty-three percent (33%) of a school building's composite grade is based on 11 "performance indicators" that can positively impact student learning. They are grouped into three categories and were self-reported by each school building.

1. Engagement - Includes the collection and use of data, continuous improvement, and how closely what we teach matches up to standards set by the State of Michigan.

2. Instructional Quality - This includes how well educators are trained and how they continue that training.

3. Learning Opportunities - This includes family involvement, student attendance and dropout rate, student education and employment plans, and school facilities.

A high school building's AYP status also impacts the final composite grade.

No federal sanctions apply to high schools in the Muskegon Area because they do not use Title I funds to operate.

The Michigan Department of Education may or may not create sanctions for high schools that do not make AYP.

High school report cards are being released later than elementary and middle school report cards because state law mandates testing later in the school year.

The State Board has approved a formula (sliding confidence interval) that creates a statistical margin of error, based upon size of grade being tests, to allow AYP status for high schools with less than 30 students.

High School Report Card Content

Grades for school building student achievement will be based on state assessment scores and shown in two ways:

1.Achievement Status: defines the current academic proficiency using up to three years of state assessment scores in English language arts, math, social studies, and science.

2.Achievement Change: tracks the proficiency of each grade level using up to six years of state assessment results in reading, math, social studies, and science.

A summary grade for the three categories of performance indicators: engagement, instructional quality, and learning opportunities. One composite grade based on 67% of the student achievement grades (MEAP Status, and Change) and 33% on the performance indicator grades. Whether or not the high school made AYP. Further analysis of the report card also indicates the reason the high school did or did not make AYP.


Schools with scores that do not meet AYP targets set by the State of Michigan are placed on the state government's list of schools that need improvement.

All public school buildings receive an annual Adequate Yearly Progress report. However, only those school buildings that receive federal funding through Title I, and are on the list of schools needing improvement, are required to take the specific action outlined in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).


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