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What It Is, What It Means, And What It Offers

Expecting More standards, M-STEP science and social studies components,

and a work skills assessment called ACT WorkKeys.
Getting children ready to take their place in the world is
challenging. The knowledge and skills students need for a
successful career continually evolve to meet current and State Assessments Provide
future workplace demands. To ensure students can meet
these demands, Michigans State Board of Education has An important snapshot of student
adopted high learning standards that broadly outline what achievement at a state, district and
students need to know and be able to do in each subject building level
and grade level to be ready for the next stage of learning. Valuable information to parents on
their childs academic achievement
The standards also guide teachers as they develop
classroom curriculum and lesson plans. Todays standards Important data for teachers, schools,
challenge students to: and districts to help guide instruction

Understand subject matter more deeply

Learn how to think critically Most students will spend no more than 4-8 hoursless than
Apply what they learn to the real world 1 percent of instructional timeon state assessments. All
Make learning more relevant in their lives other assessments are determined at the school district and
building level.
Checking for Progress The table on the following page lists the state tests students
Once each year, all students in Michigan take a high-quality take at each grade level. Schools have the flexibility to give
state summative assessment. Summative assessments the M-STEP online tests anytime within a four-week time
measure what students know and are able to do at specific frame for each grade level. The PSAT, SAT and ACT WorkKeys
grade levels and in specific subject areas. assessments are administered according to College Board
and ACT guidelines on specific dates. Check with your childs
All of Michigans state assessments measure student school for exact M-STEP and MME administration dates.
progress with Michigans content standards or other career-
or college-readiness goals. The Michigan Student Test of
M-STEP 2017 Features
Educational Progress (M-STEP) is given online to students
in grades 3-8 and measures current student knowledge of Modern test design, with fewer multiple choice questions
Michigans high academic standards in English language and more problem solving and critical thinking.
arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and social studies.
Computer adaptive testing (CAT) for English language arts
High school students in grades 9 and 10 take the PSAT, to (ELA) and mathematics assessments, which provides a
inform schools, students, and parents on what students more individualized test experience for students and more
know in ELA and mathematics, and help prepare students precise measurements of student learning.
for the SAT college entrance exam given to every high Efficiency:
school junior as part of the Michigan Merit Examination Testing time (reduced in 2016) takes less than 1%
(MME). The MME consists of a free SAT with essay that also of instructional time annually
measures student knowledge on state ELA and mathematics High school assessment also serves as a college-
entrance exam

Actionable results preliminary results available to Why Assess Students?
schools within a few days of testing; final results are
available before the start of the next school year for Student assessment is a hot topic of conversation, with
buildings operating under a standard calendar: parent diverse opinions on how, when, how much, with what
reports are distributed by schools at the start of tests, and for what purpose we assess students. Here are a
the school year. few important points to keep in mind:

State and federal laws require schools to assess student

Michigan Assessment Schedule learning every year in specific grade levels and subjects
(see table at left).
Spring 2017
Annual assessments that are the same for all Michigan
Assessment Used students give us information on how students are
Grade 2017
and Content Areas performing, and how well schools and districts
Level Testing Window
are teaching students compared to those in other
M-STEP Mathematics communities, states, and nations. This helps target
Grades 3 and May 1 through supports and resources to students and schools that need
and 6 English Language Arts May 26 them most. It also helps identify areas of success from
(ELA) which others can learn. This information and data are
necessary with our goal to be a Top 10 education state.
Grades 4 M-STEP Mathematics, May 1 through
State standardized assessments do not measure everything
and 7 ELA, and Science May 26
important about a student, but they do measure how much
Grades 5 M-STEP Mathematics, April 10 through a student knows in terms of our states content standards.
and 8 ELA, and Social Studies May 5

Grades 9
April 11 or 12 Free Test Practice Opportunities
and 10
PSAT April 25 or 26 for All Students
All students have access to sample test questions and
April 10 through May 5 practice tests online.
M-STEP Science, and
April 11 or
Grade 11 Social Studies
April 25 (Makeup) Students in grades K-8 and 11 can access sample items
April 12 or through a Chrome browser at
ACT WorkKeys
April 26 (Makeup) MI/portals/mi.

MI-Access Alternate Students in grades 9-11 can access Khan Academy for
Grades Assessment all April 10 through free online test practice. Visit https://collegereadiness.
3-11 grades, all content May 26 .

WIDA for students Nonpublic and Home-School Students

Grades February 6 through
who are learning the
3-11 March 24 All nonpublic schools can choose to administer state
English language
assessments to their students during the assessment windows
identified by the Michigan Department of Education.
Assessments for Special Populations Home-schooled students also have the opportunity to take
An alternate assessment called MI-Access is available state assessments. To do so, the home-schooled student
to students with disabilities whose Individualized should contact the school district in which the student
Educational Program (IEP) team has determined that resides to make arrangements. The students scores will be
general assessments, even with accommodations, are not reported individually and not included in district results
appropriate. See the MI-Access page parent/student section where they were tested. Assessment window information
for more information at is available on the MDE Assessment and Accountability
The World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment page (
(WIDA), assesses students who are learning the English mde/0,4615,7-140-6530_6539_35175---,00. html).
language. To find out more about these and other
assessments, please contact your local school district.