During the 2011-12 school year, just 5 percent of Highland Park eighth graders scored proficient or better on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program test in mathematics. Astoundingly, this was an improvement. No district eighth grader scored proficient or better on either the 2010-11 or 2009-10 MEAP mathematics test.
Just one other conventional school district reported zero students scoring proficient or better on the eighth grade MEAP mathematics test during those two years — the Buena Vista School District. That district was closed and dissolved in 2013.
Highland Park eighth graders fared better on the state reading test, with 48 percent scoring proficient in 2011-12, up from 21 percent during the 2010-11 school year. But high school students reported worse scores. No student scored proficient or better on the Michigan Merit Exam test in mathematics (administered to 11th grade students) during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years, and only 3 percent did in the following year. Student scores were higher on the MME reading test, but nothing to brag about: 14 percent of students scoring proficient or better during the 2011-12 school year.