MME Michigan Merit Exam - Algonac Community Schools

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E.P.A.S: The Pathway to College
Readiness
Brian R. Brutyn
Principal: Algonac High School
IB World School
What is E.P.A.S.?
Educational Planning and
Assessment System
EXPLORE: 8th Grade
EXPLORE: 9th Grade
PLAN:
10th Grade
ACT/MME: 11th Grade
D-ACT:
12th Grade
Why is E.P.A.S. important?
AHS Mission Statement
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It is the mission of Algonac High School to
provide a supportive, rigorous, and
internationally minded learning experience
for students of all abilities.
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Upon graduation, A.H.S. students will
possess the ability to:
 Succeed in a post-secondary educational
setting
 Compete, thrive, and philanthropically
contribute within the emerging global society
 Exhibit exemplary moral behaviors
School Improvement Goals
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All students will meet or
exceed College Readiness
Standards in:
 Math (22)
 Science (24)
 Reading (21)
 Writing (8/12 and 18 in English)
Score Values
EXPLORE
PLAN
ACT
Score Maximum: 25
Score Maximum: 32
Score Maximum: 36
EXPLORE
PLAN
ACT
1
6
11
16
21
26
31
36
Early Indicators of College Readiness
College Readiness Benchmark Scores
The EXPLORE and PLAN College Readiness Benchmark Scores
are based on the ACT College Readiness targets. They reflect
students’ expected growth from EXPLORE to PLAN to the ACT
and assume sustained academic effort throughout high
school.
ACT Subject
Area Test
College Readiness Benchmark Score
EXPLORE
PLAN
ACT
English
13
15
18
Math
17
19
22
Reading
15
17
21
Science
20
21
24
Students who meet a Benchmark on the ACT
have ≈ 50% chance of earning a B or better and
≈ 75% chance of earning a C or better in the
corresponding college course or courses.
Why is this important?
Your Students College Goal?
Average
Minimum for
Acceptance
36
34
- 33 Harvard
32
30
28
- 28 U of M
- 25 MSU /MTU
26
24
22
- 22 CMU/WMU
- 21 EMU
20
18
16
14
12
EXPLORE
PLAN
Practice ACT
ACT
16
19
24
28
Scholarship Money… An Example
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Presidential Scholar Program
$15,000 – Full tuition annually
General Eligibility Criteria: High school GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale and
ACT composite of 27 or SAT combined score of 1210
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Pilgrim Scholar Program
$10,000 - $16,000 annually
General Eligibility Criteria: High school GPA of 3.2/4.0 scale and
ACT composite of 24 or SAT combined score of 1090
Achievement Scholar Program
$9,000 - $13,000 annually
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General Eligibility Criteria: High school GPA of 2.8/4.0 scale and
ACT composite of 21 or SAT combined score of 980
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PROVE THIS WITH YOUR OWN RESEARCH!!!
Scholarship Money… An Example
Score Reports
How to Improve…
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THE BEST RESULTS COME
FROM THREE LAYERS OF
STAKEHOLDERS.
As a parent….
 As a School….
 As a Student…
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As a parent….
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Encourage full effort on E.P.A.S.
Assessments
Ask for (and review) the score
report (with your student)
Discuss college goals and research
minimum requirements (and
scholarship levels)
Set high goals
Communicate your needs to subject
area teachers
Encourage practice and seek help!
How to Improve….
How to Improve (FREE)….
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Go to www.mel.org
Click on databases
Choose Learning Express Library
Click on College Preparation
option
First time users create a username
and password. No other info is
requested. Must go through MeL
link to be recognized as Michigan
user with free access.
How to Improve (FREE)….
As a school….
Staff that knows and reacts to
your students ‘data’
 Develop and offer
interventions for those that
desire/need them
 Deliver a curriculum rich in
ACT Readiness Standards
 Communicate with
stakeholders
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As a student….
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Give full effort on E.P.A.S.
assessments
Devote time to reviewing score
sheets and working on areas that
need improvement
Communicate needs to parents and
teachers
Seek interventions
Set goals in consultation with
parents
Research colleges and their
requirements
Practice!
Need more information?
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Call or e-mail with any
questions.
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I am happy to provide your
students E.P.A.S. scores. Send
an e-mail request to:
[email protected]
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