Michigan shows mixed results in college entrance exam scores

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

Michigan's high school juniors have shown slight gains on ACT college-entrance exam scores but declines on parts of the Michigan Merit Exam.

The average composite score on the ACT rose from 19.6 last year to 19.7. The MME passing rates saw overall declines, though the rates were unchanged in a couple of subjects.

WSJM reports the statewide average scores as follows:

  • Reading: 53.5%

  • Writing: 49.3%

  • Social studies: 38.6%

  • Math: 28.6%

  • Science: 25.7%

Locally, St. Joseph and Lakeshore schools set the standard in Berrien County, beating the state average in all subjects. Benton Harbor, however, fell well below the average in all subjects, with the following scores:

  • Reading: 16%

  • Writing: 6%

  • Social studies: -5%

  • Math: -5%

  • Science: -5%

The Michigan Department of Education says the results "show a four-year upward trend in student proficiency." State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says in a statement that fluctuations are typical but the results underscore "the need to continue the state's strong commitment to high standards."


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