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The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) will replace the MEAP and MME this spring.  The M-STEP includes summative assessments designed by the State of Michigan to effectively measure student growth for today’s students. 

The M-STEP assessments will be administered to students in grades 3-8 and 11 in the areas of reading, writing, math, social studies, and science; and most students will be taking the assessments online.  The M-STEP assessment window will begin in April and end in June.  See the chart below to determine when your child will be assessed.  Please make sure that you are NOT planning on going away during your child’s assessment window, as the assessment is mandatory.  The assessments are not timed, and are administered to students in several sessions to avoid test fatigue.  Test items are multiple-choice and constructed response (essay).

 

Grade

Assessment Dates

Assessment Topics

3

May 18 – June 5

English Language Arts and Mathematics

4

April 27 – May 15

English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science

5

April 13 – May 1

English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies

6

May 18 – June 5

English Language Arts, and Mathematics

7

April 27 – May 15

English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science

8

April 13 – May 1

English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies

11

April 11 – June 5

English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science

 

Results on the M-STEP assessments are based on how students perform compared to Michigan education standards, and not compared to other students.  The results will be used in a variety of ways.  At the classroom level, your child’s teachers will use the results to identify strengths and learning needs.  At the school and district level, M-STEP results are used to identify curriculum and/or instructional changes that may need to be made to better educate students.

Tips on helping your child prepare for the M-STEP assessments include:

  • Avoid scheduling appointments for your child that would take him or her out of a scheduled testing session.
  • Let your child know that the assessments are important.
  • Encourage your child to try her/his best so the results will reflect your child’s knowledge as accurately as possible.
  • Encourage your child to relax and feel positive about the experience.
  • A good night’s sleep and a good breakfast always helps performance.
  • Be sure your child is at school on time.
  • When your child returns home, ask about the assessment and how they thought everything went.
  • Support your child’s best efforts with encouragement and praise.

There are M-STEP website may be helpful to parents/guardians to provide additional information about the M-STEP.

If you have any questions regarding the M-STEP, please contact your building principal or Deanna Hayes, Director of Instructional Services at 269-792-2181.