Detroit Public Schools says students district-wide score record gains on MEAP test

Published On: Feb 11 2013 08:22:44 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 11 2013 06:24:50 PM EST

Detroit Public Schools students scored record gains on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program Test for the fall of 2012, with improvement in 17 out of 18 assessments.

DPS increases outpaced statewide progress, “closing the gap,” in 14 out of 18 assessments administered.

Gains were especially significant in reading and mathematics.

In reading, students made gains ranging from 3 percent to 11.3 percent in all grades 3 through 8.

One particularly impressive result is that DPS students bested their statewide peers in grade 8 reading by 7.1 percent. In Mathematics, improvement in students’ proficiency ranged from .5 percent to 6.7 percent in grades 3 through 8.

Gains were also seen in Science, Writing and Social Studies in all grades, except one.

“These test results are great news, but we know we have more work to do, as a district and in every school,” said Emergency Financial Manager Roy S. Roberts. “Detroit Public Schools’ goal is to ensure that every child is successful, and we are doing everything in our power to make that happen.”

“These gains aren’t due to any one silver bullet,” said Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics. “They are due to a comprehensive academic plan that includes robust professional development for our teachers and all academic staff, constant data analysis and regular alterations to teaching strategies to meet the needs of every child individually.”

Some of the academic plan highlights included:

Additional professional development includes a new high-tech platform called PD 360, a system which allows teachers and staff to access a library of over 20 videos from experts on a variety of educational topics and lessons.

The coming attractions for the second semester of 2013 include:

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