MEAP Testing Begins For Schools Facing Highest Performance Standards Ever

It's a routine statewide school test — but a big change may affect the number of passing grades for students.

Today is the start of two weeks of MEAP testing.

It's the annual standardized test for public school students across the state.

This year, anticipation is high after the state significantly raised the score it will take to get a passing grade.

The challenge will be dealing with expectations.

Passing grades will inevitably drop off.

When test results come back in the spring, schools say it's important to remember fewer passing grades are likely a reflection of the higher cut score — and not a big drop in performance.

The results start coming back in January — and are made public by March.

9&10's Evan Dean and Photojournalist Jacob Johnson spoke to school leaders and students and have the story.