Thursday, June 28, 2012
The 2012 scores dropped noticeably compared to last year's averages due to new scoring standards put in place by the Michigan Department of Education last year.
Some of the Birmingham scores from the 2012 Michigan Merit Exam (MME) may have taken a hit under new state scoring standards, but the district's 2012 scores, released Thursday, continue to outstrip state averages. The MME, according to the Michigan Department of Education, assesses students in the eleventh grade based on Michigan high school standards. The test includes the ACT Plus Writing college entrance examination, along with other state proficiency tests. Student performance falls into one of four categories: advanced, proficient, partially proficient and not proficient. Students must score either "proficient" or "advanced" to be considered proficient in that subject. In Birmingham and across Michigan, students' scores took a hit in …
The Michigan Department of Education will release test scores for the Michigan Merit Exam and the ACT college entrance exams today for Birmingham Public Schools.
The Michigan Department of Education will release test scores for the Michigan Merit Exam and the ACT college entrance exams today. The results will be released at 10 a.m. Check back with Birmingham Patch later today to find out how Birmingham Public Schools fared. Last year, scores on the MMEs, increased slightly in Birmingham, while the district still scored higher than the Michigan average. The 2012 tests were adminstered in the spring. Parents should be receiving individual students' results soon.
Friday, September 2, 2011
If only all you needed was a pair of No. 2 pencils for the ACT.
Our son, a junior at Seaholm High School, will spend the year focusing on the college admissions process. Because our daughter, a freshman at Michigan State, was a solid standardized test taker, we didn’t think it was all that important to push ACT prep “classes” on her if she wasn’t receptive. But after going through the process of calculating grades, plus ACT scores, plus starting a food co-op in Sub-Saharan Africa, which equals varying probabilities of getting into this-that-or-the-other college, we may take them more seriously the second time around. The preparation for college wasn’t so complicated back in prehistoric times, the 1970s. When we took the ACT, we walked in with a pair of No. 2 pencils, and walked out hoping we performed …
Monday, April 4, 2011
Writing workshop leaders offer tips to students taking the ACT this weekend.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Kimberly Lifton and Susan Knoppow, writing coaches with Wow Writing Workshop in Huntington Woods, offer these tips to students taking the ACT test this weekend. The next ACT is just around the corner. Whether you signed up for the April 9 or 10 exam, or you plan to wait till June or later, we’ve put together some tips to help take the edge off. We know many of you work with tutors and read books full of tips; have you practiced writing? You can prepare for the ACT writing test. Tip 1: Understand the exam: The ACT writing test requires you to take a position and support it with examples in a clear, focused manner. This is not a creative writing exam; it is an opportunity to show that you can organize your thoughts and express yourself on …