Lansing School District responds to latest M-STEP scores

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) –  Hopeful, that’s the tone Lansing School District Deputy Superintendent Mark Coscarella is supporting when it comes to the latest M-STEP results.

“It tells us we are on the right track and the improvements we are making a positive improvement for our students, said Mark Coscarella.

That’s despite the latest data showing Lansing schools scored below state averages on both English and math.

But Coscarella says the new scores can lead to improvement within the district’s curriculum.

“Specifically in math we’ve done some things where we’ve purchased a math core series that’s going to help from kindergarten all the way through algebra 2 so we are addressing some areas the date has identified.”

The new test called the Michigan Student Test of Education Progress was offered for the first time in the spring of 2015.

It replaced the MEAP test which focused more on multiple choice and fill in the blank questions.

The curriculum has changed so the m-step is a more rigorous assessment that properly measures the new standards,” said Coscarella.

However, Coscarella acknowledges the M-STEP is just one assessment offered on a single day of the year.

“I think an overall picture of how we are doing it certainly is just a one day assessment so  it’s a small piece but when you combine that with all the other data that we use in Lansing it gives you a good full picture.”

Either way,  it’s a picture that can help shape and improve the academic curriculum of Lansing Public Schools.

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