Nurturing Hearts and Challenging Minds
For Service in God's Kingdom

Testing

Comparisons to Area Schools

ACT Averages and College Readiness:  Class of 2014

Test taken as Juniors, March 2013

  English Math Reading Science Comp % College Ready
NMCS 21.7 22.6 22.9 22.4 22.4 36.4
Cadillac 19.4 19.8 20.3 20.8 20.2 22.4
Lake City 17.6 19.5 19.3 20.0 19.2 17.9
Pine River 18.8 19.6 19.2 19.9 19.5 14.8
McBain 19.3 18.7 20.0 19.6 19.6 14.1
Mesick 16.6 17.5 18.3 18.9 18.0 11.1
Manton 17.8 18.7 18.2 18.7 18.4 9.8
Evart 16.5 17.8 17.4 18.2 17.6 3.2
Marion 17.4 18.0 18.1 18.6 18.1 2.4
State of MI         19.6 17.7

 

The following is the editorial by Principal Rick Klooster, taken from The Northern Star, June 2013:

   Recently, the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) reported on a study which found a variety of advantages for students in faith-based schools (CAPE Outlook, May 2013, Number 385).  The study was a statistical analysis which examined the findings of 90 different reports comparing traditional public, charter, and religious schools.  The authors of the report stated, “The results indicate that attending  private religious schools is associated with the highest level of academic achievement among the three school types, even when sophisticated controls are used to adjust for socioeconomic status.”  The report found that, compared to traditional and charter public schools, faith-based schools have a significant academic advantage, narrower gaps in achievement by race/ethnicity and income, and have better student behavioral outcomes.  [In other words, the study shows that students perform better academically, socially, and behaviorally in religious schools than in public schools.]

     The study was conducted by William Jeynes, senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey, and a professor at California State University.  CAPE reports that Jeynes told them: “Students who attend religious schools have fewer behavioral problems than their counterparts, even when adjusting for socioeconomic status, race, and gender.”  Cape continues: “That translates into fewer gangs, less drugs, and greater racial harmony in religious schools than in public schools.”

     At NMCS, our vision and mission both focus on Christian practice, discernment, and discipleship.  The purpose of education at NMCS is developing a Christian mind and nurturing a heart for service. 

     More easily measured than Christian character is the secondary goal at NMCS - academic achievement.  Students in third through eighth grade took the Iowa Assessments this past March; the results show that our students are about twelve months ahead of their counterparts nationally - a figure in line with the findings of the Jeynes study.  Again this year, the ACT and Michigan Merit Exam (MME) results show that NMCS students are more prepared for college when compared to students at other schools.  The chart which accompanies this article details the significant difference.

     Certainly academic achievement is an important consideration when choosing a school.  Christian perspective is more important.  Because Christ is at the center of what we do, at NMCS it is not necessary to choose between academic achievement and Christian perspective.

Michigan Merit Exam (MME):

Class of 2014, percent proficient

  Math Reading Science Writing Social Studies
NMCS 64 73 45 73 55
Cadillac 31 58 29 56 38
Evart 12 37 7 32 19
Lake City 30 53 25 44 32
Manton 23 49 16 42 30
Marion 12 45 10 45 24
McBain 19 55 36 53 35
Mesick 15 43 15 33 35
Pine River 28 58 31 51 36

 

Four Year Averages

Comparison to Local Schools (Class of 2011-2014)

  English Math Reading Science Comp % College Ready*
NMCS 21.8 22.8 22.8 22.7 22.7 41.0
Cadillac 19.6 20.3 20.7 20.9 20.5 22.4
McBain 18.2 18.8 19.2 19.6 19.1 14.7
Lake City 17.7 19.0 18.8 19.5 18.9 13.8
Pine River 17.5 18.6 18.7 19.3 18.6 10.9
Mesick 17.1 17.7 18.8 19.0 18.3 10.4
Manton 16.8 18.8 17.9 19.0 18.2 10.1
Evart 15.9 18.2 17.6 18.4 17.6 6.4
Marion 15.9 17.0 17.4 118.5 17.3 3.8

*% College Ready refers to the percent of students who ACT deems as college ready
in all four subject areas.

NMCS 2007-2014 Average ACT Results

Class of # Tested English Math Reading Science Comp % College Ready
2007 21 22.8 23.7 22.6 22.5 23.1 33 (7)
2008 25 21.2 22.0 21.6 20.1 21.3 28 (8)
2009 22 22.6 23.5 24.0 21.9 23.2 36 (8)
2010 25 24.5 23.6 23.4 22.2 23.5 32 (8)
2011 14 21.4 22.1 22.9 22.1 22.3 36 (5)
2012 21 21.6 22.6 21.0 22.3 22.0 33 (7)
2013 17 22.3 23.9 24.5 24.0 23.9 59 (10)
2014 11 21.7 22.6 22.9 22.4 22.4 36 (4)