Test Scores Improve for Brighton Students, Top County

July 15, 2014

Test Scores Improve for Brighton Students, Top County

7/15/14 - Michigan Merit Exam test scores for Brighton High School students have improved this year, and top all other public school district in Livingston County. The Michigan Merit curriculum requires students to obtain a minimum of 16 credits in order to earn a high school diploma. Part of the curriculum is an annual Michigan Merit Exam testing of high school juniors, who are required to take a standardized test in the spring to gauge their academic progress. According to Brighton Superintendent Greg Gray, the ACT composite for the 544 Brighton 11th-graders who took the required test was 22.3 and the percentage of the students pronounced “college-ready” is 33.8. That compares favorably with the state average of 19.8 in the ACT score and 17.8 as the percentage who are college-ready. The average for all 2,251 Livingston County 11th-graders administered the test was 22.6 per cent college-ready and 20.8 for the ACT composite score. Neighboring South Lyon had 22.2 for its ACT composite score, with 29.1 per cent of South Lyon students deemed college-ready. That district is mostly in Oakland County but a portion is in Livingston County. Brighton also scored higher than other Livingston County districts in the individual subject areas: English, math, reading, and science. Gray tells WHMI that while district administrators are happy with Brighton’s Michigan Merit Exam test scores, they will not be satisfied until they rise to the elite level. However, most of the elite school districts which scored in the 24-and-up range in the ACT composite – Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills, for instance - receive far more tax dollars than Brighton. Gray says as a result, the challenge for him is getting the most bang for Brighton’s buck. (TT)

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