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      Snyder: Statewide MEAP scores moving in right direction

      Gov. Snyder says statewide MEAP test results are a step in the right direction.

      The state says the fall 2012 Michigan Education Assessment Program tests show student gains for reading, mathematics and writing in all grades. The Michigan Department of Education released the results Monday. The state says students showed gains in reading proficiency at all grade levels, particularly in grades 3 and 8. Results for mathematics also had proficiency gains at all grade levels, with the largest gains occurring in grades 3, 4, and 5. Writing proficiency saw increases in grades 4 and 7. Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement that the state is "moving in the right direction" but "much work remains and achieving further gains will demand our continued commitment." Traverse City Area Public Schools received above average percentage of students who scored proficient or advanced in all grade levels tested in reading, writing, science and social students.

      According to TCAPS, third through fifth-grade students showed significant increases over last year in proficiency of up to thirteen points.

      "We are encouraged by our improvement and have high expectations for continued growth," Superintendent Steve Cousins said. "Our math performance is a top priority. We continue to be relentless in our effort to improve." The once-per-year MEAP tests are based on career- and college-ready standards. To see how other districts fared in MEAP testing, click here.