Morenci school test scores 2013.02.27

Written by David Green.

Like every other school district in Lenawee County, Morenci's teachers and administrators saw a mix of good and bad in the results of state standardized testing.

The Michigan Educational Assessment tests (MEAP) were administered in the fall and scores were released earlier this month. Only Britton-Deerfield showed improvement in more categories than Morenci—15 of 18 categories to Morenci's 14 of 18—and Morenci students exceeded the state average in eight categories and the county average in six.

Morenci's third grade students were near the top in mathematics scores and higher than any county district in reading. Fourth grade writing scores were also the highest in the county and sixth grade reading was among the best, but scores from the seventh and eighth grade classes produced reading and writing scores below average. But as stated earlier, most categories showed improvement whether or not they matched the state average.

Morenci's weakest showing came in the fifth and eighth grade science category, along with ninth grade social studies.

Scores in most districts fluctuate from year to year as classes move through the school, but the testing provides important data for administrators.

“Every year we carefully analyze the results and use them to make future academic decisions for our annual school improvement plan that is written and submitted to the state every year,” said Morenci secondary principal Kelli Campbell.

Parent and community input is crucial in the completion of that report, Campbell said, and anyone interested in serving on the school improvement team for the middle/high school should contact her by calling 458-7506.

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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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