|Central Michigan University chartered schools|
rank high in MEAP scores
|The Morning Sun|
By: Randi Shaffer
|September 05, 2014|
As students head back to school, Central Michigan University chartered academies will again begin the yearly MEAP test preparation.
Canton Charter Academy, a CMU chartered school, has been consistently named as the top MEAP performing school in the state since 2010.
The data, provided by the Michigan Department of Education, also names three other CMU chartered schools to the list, including Ypsilanti’s South Arbor Charter Academy, Holly Academy and Byron Center’s Cross Creek Charter Academy.
All aforementioned schools rank among the top 25 of all schools statewide.
Brad Wever, Director of Public Policy for The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at CMU, attributes the achievements to the fact that CMU has been working with chartered schools for 20 years.
“We were the first university in the country to authorize a charter school,” he said. “We feel like over the past 20 years, we have developed systems and processes that are leading to good results for kids.”
Wever said the center requires schools to administer computer adaptive tests and offer blended learning experiences, where students attend brick and mortar schools part of the time, but also have the options to take part of their courses online.
“We like to look at programs that are offering innovative and different approaches to education as well,” Wever said. “That’s part of the goal of the charter school movement is to provide opportunities, different opportunities, (because) not all kids learn the same.”
Wever said students are MEAP tested in grades three through eight, providing information on competency levels in math, reading, science, social studies and writing, though not every subject is tested each year.
The test measures proficiency of a student at a grade level at a certain period of time, and standards are set by the state’s Board of Education.
“To see our schools rank so highly in comparison to both their traditional and charter peers is a point of pride for the entire CMU community,” center executive director Cindy Schumacher said. “We are very pleased with the work of our partner schools.”
As Conventional Public Schools Fail Transparency Law, Charters are Targeted Pontiac Public Schools posts teachers' contract that expired in 2011
Central Michigan University chartered schools
rank high in MEAP scores
Substitute teacher accused of assaulting first graders banned from all NHA charter schools
Muskegon Heights ends contract with charter school company
MI gubernatorial candidate wants to dismantle charter schools
Charter school CEO says Muskegon Heights schools owes company $2 million
Must question charter school legislation
Our View: Michigan can learn from other states how to end its 'education recession'
Charter Schools Serve More Low-Income Students Than Conventional Districts
Arts education: A look at how Michigan's schools teach music, drama, painting and more
Contrary to Report, Charter Schools Get Less Money Per Pupil Than Conventional Schools
Charter school students to give testimony at candlelight vigil to support homeless youth
Parent: 'Even after my kids graduate I'll still come back and help this school'
Nexus Academy of Royal Oak Continues to Welcome Students to Innovative School
Michigan schools' financial crisis growing
Shannon to step down
Disinvestment, structural flaws harm Michigan schools
Should Michigan parents consider online charter schools?
Jackson Preparatory and Early College charter school receives $500,000 start-up grant
Do Charter Schools Hurt Public School Finances?
Detroit's Aisha Shule charter school to close Oct. 31
Charter school grows
Michigan bill seeks to combat cyberbullying in school
West Michigan educators react to Mackinac Center study on 'flawed' school ranking system
3 Metro Detroit teachers finalists for Charter School Teacher of the Year
Muskegon's newest charter school combines Montessori methods with environmental research
Count Day nears for Michigan schools, with vital funds at stake
Poll Finds School Chiefs Lukewarm on School Boards
Michigan Laborers to protest Bay City Academy's handling of asbestos removal
Muskegon Heights charter schools monitor 'very impressed' by high school
Charter Enrollment Increases by
24 Percent in Washtenaw County
See which charter schools are attracting Ann Arbor students
Oakside Scholars Charter Academy Dedicated to the Community
Amid growth of Michigan charter schools, teachers often less experienced
Pressure on Mosaica to improve Muskegon Heights schools growing, documents show
See the 56 Michigan school districts with budget deficits
Feedback: Schauer needs to be schooled on cyber charters
Michigan ranks 11th in education reform group's list of 'parent power' states
School Year Begins With 298 Public Charter Schools in Michigan, Including 34 New Schools
Detroit area districts plug into digital era with iPads, laptops