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.