TCAPS SAT & AP Scores Indicate College Readiness

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August 29, 2017
 Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) students’ SAT and Advanced Placement scores outperformed the state and indicate that the district’s students continue to be prepared for college, career, and life. 
 
TCAPS students scored 6% higher in 2017 than in 2016, the first year the state moved to offering the SAT. Previously the state college readiness assessment was the ACT. The number of students reaching SAT readiness scores across the district also increased. Overall, 13% more students in TCAPS met both the Reading & Writing and Mathematics benchmarks than the state average. The SAT is widely used as part of the college admissions process and offers one measure of college and career readiness. SAT scores help students gain college acceptance and earn scholarships.
 
In Advanced Placement (AP) exam results, the district saw an increase in the pass rate of 2% from the prior year and outperformed the state average by 11%. Taking AP courses helps students prepare for the rigor of college coursework and exam results can help students earn college credit. Through AP courses, Early College and Dual Enrollment opportunities, TCAPS families save an estimated $3.5 million in college tuition annually. 
 
M-STEP scores from the 2016-17 school year have also been released to the public by the Michigan Department of Education. The district’s results outpaced the state average in every subject and at every grade level. 
 
M-STEP has been the state’s main assessment since 2015. During the 2014-15 school year, Michigan replaced the MEAP test with the M-STEP.  TCAPS will continue to use more timely local assessments to drive planning and adjustments in instruction to increase student achievement.