State Board of Education challenges Michigan schools by DR. RYAN KELLEY Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Rockford Public Schools The Michigan State Board of Education has placed a challenge to every student and every school in Michigan, by raising the MEAP/MME cut scores (the minimal score at which a student is considered “proficient”). As the cut score is raised, fewer students will be considered proficient in math, science, reading, writing and social studies. In an effort to show how significant the change will be, the State Board re-released last year’s scores and included what the scores would have been using the new cut scores. The chart displays a sample of the significant changes in the percentage of students labeled proficient, including the county and state averages. Despite the initial decline in the number of students reported as proficient due to the change in cut score, we are confident that the scores will continue to increase due to the many school improvement efforts and the outstanding teachers and students that we have at Rockford Public Schools. The state is challenging every student to perform at a higher level. We are confident the Rockford students will rise to meet and exceed this new standard. Working together we welcome this challenge and we know that our students will continue to accomplish great things. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at your convenience at (616) 863-6556.