Morenci excels on Michigan Merit Exam 07.28.10

Written by David Green.

School administrators are sometimes hesitant to celebrate the results from state testing because scores sometimes vary from year to year.

This year, however, is hard to ignore for Morenci.

Results from the Michigan Merit Exam given to 11 grade students shows Morenci as one of five county school districts to exceed state averages in all five areas tested.

Last year’s juniors produced the top scores in the county among the 13 public schools in reading and writing skills, third best in science, fifth in mathematics and sixth in social studies.

The ACT scores stand as third best with an average of 19.8. The state average last year was 19.3.

“I was excited to see the scores because we’ve had so much bad news with cuts and budget problems,” said high school principal Nate Parker. “It’s a credit to the teaching staff that they just keep on teaching and doing a great job.”

Although the test is given to 11th grade students, Parker is quick to spread credit to remainder of the school staff, from kindergarten on through middle school.

When he sees good results such as these, Parker said he also knows that parents are placing a strong emphasis on learning. He believes even the community’s strong library programming has an influence on the overall learning environment.

The strongest scores came in writing with a success rate nearly 14 percent above the state average. Reading and science came in 12 percent above statewide scores, math 4.6 percent above and social studies 3.1 percent above.

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