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Educators say MEAP scores were below average in the state

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(03/03/14) - Educators say there's still plenty of work to be done to raise test scores for students across Michigan. That follows the release of the latest MEAP test results on Friday.

MEAP stands for Michigan educational assessment program. Numbers released by the Michigan Department of Education show scores slightly below average for the state.

Superintendents and parents ABC12 spoke to are taking a closer look at areas that need improvement.

Andreus Dorsey has a third grader in the Saginaw Public Schools. He already knows there's one subject his son struggles with.

"The math, because my son was having trouble in math, but he has a tutor. I guess tutoring can help," he said.

Math is one area a lot of students need to improve on. MEAP scores dropped by three percent for third, fifth and eighth graders in Saginaw Public Schools.

The superintendent of the Saginaw Intermediate School district says overall MEAP scores were below average county-wide, and especially so in districts like Saginaw and Bridgeport.

"They're going to have to take a look at their scores and they're going to have to dig into what the scores are telling them and work to look at the areas that are the problem areas and they're going to be doing that," said Richard Syrek, the superintendent of Saginaw Intermediate School District.

They're also going to be adjusting to new testing methods. MEAP is being replaced - possibly by a format called the Smarter Balance test.

"Thinking skills are going to be used. It is computer adaptive, so all the students will start out with the same question, but from that point, depending on their answer, will be moved to a different question, some higher level, some not so high to find out exactly where the students are at," Syrek said.

Parents say teachers aren't the only ones who can help raise test scores.

"It all starts at home first. When the kids are on summer break, parents should be doing math and reading and social studies with them.

Districts like Saginaw Township and Frankenmuth did well on their testing.

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