Canton Charter Academy Named Top MEAP Performer in Michigan

Three More CMU Schools Rank in Top 25 Statewide

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. — As schools across Michigan prepare to welcome students next week, the Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University is honoring high achievement on the Fall 2013 Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) test.

Leading the way is Canton Charter Academy (Canton), the strongest MEAP performer of all public schools in the state during 2013–14, according to data provided by the Michigan Department of Education. Three additional CMU schools—South Arbor Charter Academy (Ypsilanti), Holly Academy (Holly) and Cross Creek Charter Academy (Byron Center)—also ranked among the top 25 of all schools statewide.

“To see our schools rank so highly in comparison to both their traditional and charter peers is a point of pride for the entire CMU community,” said Cindy Schumacher, executive director of The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at CMU. “We are very pleased with the work of our partner schools.”

Currently, the MEAP (Michigan Educational Assessment Program) test is the only common measure given statewide to all public school students in grades 3–8. The test results demonstrate how well Michigan students and Michigan schools are doing when compared to standards established by the State Board of Education.

“As an authorizer, we work to ensure all of our schools are on track toward meeting high quality standards in the areas of academic, operational and financial performance,” Schumacher said. “This type of external validation proves that our approaches are capable of delivering very strong and consistent results.”

Canton Charter Academy has been the state’s strongest MEAP performer since 2010. A spreadsheet detailing this year’s top 25 MEAP achievement rankings is attached.


About The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools
Central Michigan University (CMU) is one of the nation’s largest university authorizers and currently authorizes 64 charter schools serving nearly 31,000 students across Michigan. It was the first authorizer to issue a charter contract under Michigan’s charter school law, which took effect in 1993. The mission of the Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools is to transform education by driving innovation, supporting choice, and demonstrating excellence. For more information, please visit

2013 Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)
Performance Rankings
Top 25 School Districts


1 Canton Charter Academy 76.6%
2 East Grand Rapids Public Schools 76.5%
3 South Arbor Charter Academy 75.4%
4 Achieve Charter Academy 75.3%
5 Chandler Woods Charter Academy 73.4%
6 Rochester Community School District 73.2%
7 Okemos Public Schools 73.2%
8 Troy School District 72.5%
9 Northville Public Schools 72.3%
10 Haslett Public Schools 71.6%
11 Plymouth Scholars Charter Academy 70.7%
12 Novi Community School District 70.2%
13 Holly Academy 70.1%
14 Bloomfield Hills School District 69.9%
15 Hudsonville Public School District 69.8%
16 Forest Hills Public Schools 69.7%
17 Birmingham City School District 68.8%
18 South Canton Scholars Charter Academy 68.7%
19 Ann Arbor Public Schools 68.7%
20 South Lyon Community Schools 68.2%
21 Cross Creek Charter Academy 68.0%
22 Saline Area Schools 68.0%
23 Byron Center Public Schools 67.9%
24 Spring Lake Public Schools 67.9%
25 Chelsea School District 67.4%

© 2014 The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University

1. Source: Fall 2013 MEAP—Public Release, Grades 3–8
2. Authorizer, ESP source: CEPI Educational Entity Master download 3/3/2011
3. “Percent Proficient” is the percentage of students who scored a “1” (Advanced) or a “2” (Proficient) on the exam
4. Subject/Grade groups with 10 or fewer students were not included in any totals

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