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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – State education officials say Michigan students made academic gains in math, reading and writing last year. However science scores declined compared to 2011 results.
The new data comes from the results of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, also known as MEAP.
The reading, writing and mathematics gains were in all grades and most demographic groups. Students showed gains in reading proficiency at all grade levels, particularly in grades 3 and 8. Mathematics also had proficiency gains at all grade levels, with the largest gains occurring in grades 3, 4, and 5. Writing proficiency saw a 4.4 percent increase in grade 7 and a 2.2 percent increase in grade 4.
However, only 13.1 percent of Michigan fifth-graders, a drop of 2.2 percent from last year, are proficient in science. Only 15.9 percent of eighth-graders scored proficient.
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