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BREAKING NEWS

Local schools do well on latest Merit tests

IRON MOUNTAIN – Results of the latest Michigan Merit Exam (MME), which were announced this week, show that Michigan students are improving in all subject areas.

The MME is administered each spring to Michigan high school juniors. It covers five subjects: math, reading, science, social studies, and writing.

From 2013 to 2014, statewide proficiency percentages increased in math from 28.6 to 28.8, in reading from 53.5 to 58.7, in science from 25.7 to 28.4, in social studies from 38.6 to 43.9, and in writing from 49.3 to 50.8.

Proficiency percentages indicate the percentage of students who scored either “advanced” or “proficient” on a given test. The remaining percentage of students scored either “partially proficient” or “not proficient” on the test.

Local schools showed progress as well, as each school made gains or remained the same in at least three subjects.

Kingsford High School performed well with increases in all five subjects. Proficiency percentages went from 28 to 33 in math, 44 to 71 in reading, 16 to 36 in science, 33 to 53 in social studies, and 51 to 72 in writing. The school also exceeded the statewide averages in all five subjects.

The only other school that exceeded the statewide averages in all five subjects was Iron Mountain High School. Iron Mountain saw gains in reading, science, and writing when compared to last year’s MME results.

Both Norway High School and North Dickinson High School improved or remained the same in reading, science, and social studies. Forest Park High School improved or remained the same in math, science, and writing, while West Iron County High School improved in math, science, and social studies.

Math appeared to be the most difficult subject for area students. It was the lowest scoring subject in every school except North Dickinson, in which writing was the lowest.

Overall, students appeared to do best in reading.

Detailed 2014 MME results for each school are listed below. The 2013 MME results are also listed for comparison.

Iron Mountain High School, 2014: math, 29 percent; reading, 68 percent; science, 34 percent; social studies, 43 percent; writing, 51 percent. Number of students tested, 87.

Iron Mountain High School, 2013: math, 30 percent; reading, 47 percent; science, 25 percent; social studies, 45 percent; writing, 40 percent. Number of students tested, 73.

Kingsford High School, 2014: math, 33 percent; reading, 71 percent; science, 36 percent; social studies, 53 percent; writing, 72 percent. Number of students tested, 138.

Kingsford High School, 2013: math, 28 percent; reading, 44 percent; science, 16 percent; social studies, 33 percent; writing, 51 percent. Number of students tested, 120.

Norway High School, 2014: math, 25 percent; reading, 66 percent; science, 26 percent; social studies, 48 percent; writing, 48 percent. Number of students tested, 65.

Norway High School, 2013: math, 29 percent; reading, 56 percent; science, 20 percent; social studies, 44 percent; writing, 53 percent. Number of students tested, 55.

North Dickinson High School, 2014: math, 48 percent; reading, 56 percent; science, 44 percent; social studies, 48 percent; writing, 36 percent. Number of students tested, 25.

North Dickinson High School, 2013: math, 56 percent; reading, 56 percent; science, 30 percent; social studies, 44 percent; writing, 41 percent. Number of students tested, 27.

Forest Park High School, 2014: math, 24 percent; reading, 48 percent; science, 27 percent; social studies, 36 percent; writing, 55 percent. Number of students tested, 33.

Forest Park High School, 2013: math, 24 percent; reading, 56 percent; science, 27 percent; social studies, 39 percent; writing, 27 percent. Number of students tested, 41.

West Iron County High School, 2014: math, 28 percent; reading, 56 percent; science, 37 percent, social studies, 33 percent, writing, 45 percent. Number of students tested, 57.

West Iron County High School, 2013: math, 27 percent; reading, 66 percent; science, 24 percent; social studies, 30 percent; writing, 56 percent. Number of students tested, 79

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.