Student assessment in grades 3 through 8 includes two assessments: the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP), a summative assessment based on Michigan’s content standards, designed to measure achievement and growth effectively for most students; and MI-Access, a test based on Michigan’s alternate content standards, designed for students with moderate to severe cognitive impairments whose IEP (Individualized Education Program) indicates that M-STEP, even with accommodations, is not appropriate. MI-Access tests come in three varieties: Functional Independence (FI), Supported Independence (SI), and Participation (P). More information about the MI-Access test and test accommodations for students can be found at the MI-Access website.
For M-STEP students are tested in all grades from 3 through 8 in math and English language arts (ELA), which measures student literacy by combining elements of reading, writing, listening, and research/inquiry, grades 4 and 7 in science, and grades 5 and 8 in social studies.
For MI-Access students are tested in all grades 3 through 8 in math and English language arts (ELA), grades 4 and 7 in science, and for the Functional Independence assessment grades 5 and 8 in social studies.
In 2014-15, Michigan transitioned from the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to M-STEP. The MEAP tested students in the fall on the previous year’s learning. To match the way M-STEP results are displayed, MEAP records will show the grade content that was tested, not the grade in which the test was taken. In terms of grade content, MEAP tested content for grades 2 through 7 inclusive in math and reading (ELA prior to 2009-10); grade 3 and 6 content in writing; grade 4 and 7 content in science; and grade 5 and 8 content in social studies. Likewise, fall MI-Access tests from years prior to 2014-15 will show the content tested, not the grade in which the test was taken. MI-Access FI tests also included reading and writing in place of ELA from 2009-10 to 2013-14, while SI and P tests continued to use ELA.
You can explore the M-STEP and MI-Access reports by entity (school, district, intermediate school district, and statewide), by subject (ELA, math, science, or social studies), and by different demographic factors such as gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
The M-STEP report shows student performance, scaled score, and proficiency in ELA, math, science, and social studies. Secure, logged in users, have access to student performance and scaled score data at the claim-subscore level. ELA claims-subscores are broken down into reading, writing, listening, and research/inquiry. Math claims-subscores are broken down into concepts and procedures, problem solving/modeling and data analysis, and communicating reasoning. Please Note: claim-subscore data is only available for All Students.
The Performance Level view for M-STEP and MI-Access provides a snapshot and trend view of student performance by performance levels (student count and percent proficient) for each assessment subject. For M-STEP Overall subjects of ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies the performance levels are advanced, proficient, partially proficient, and not proficient. For M-STEP claims-subscores the performance levels are Adequate Progress, Attention May Be Indicated, and Most at Risk of Falling Behind. Claim-subcores represent a portion of an overall subject, so individual claim-subscore performance information may not match subject Proficiency for all students. The aggregate claim-subscore performance shown here may differ from the Proficiency data reported for a group. The MI-Access performance levels are Surpassed, Attained, and Emerging Towards.
The snapshot data charts are comprised of horizontal, stacked bar charts, where the performance levels are displayed. The charts have an interactive legend which allows for the user to select/de-select bars, sort data alphabetically, and to reset the graph. The trend data charts are comprised of line graphs with data points reflected for each year of assessment. The M-STEP and MI-Access trend view allows the user to see the trends in performance over time by clicking on the performance level toggle at the top of the chart. M-STEP claims-subscore data is available only for secure, logged-in users, for all students.
For more information on the Performance Levels refer to the MDE 2015 M-STEP and MME Performance Level (PL) Descriptors document.
For more information on the Performance Levels refer to the MDE MI-Access Guide to Reports.
Exploring the M-STEP and MI-Access reports can answer questions like:
How well did my ISD's/district's/school's students perform on the M-STEP Assessment?
Select your specific location in the Edit Report function by using a keyword search or entering the location of your choice. Select the content area you wish to review as well as demographic features within the report category drop down. Select view report.
How well did my district’s/school’s students perform on the MI-Access assessments?
Select your specific location in the Edit Report function by using a keyword search or entering the location of your choice. Select MI-Access in the assessment type dropdown. Select which MI-Access assessment data you would like to see. Select view report.
What was the breakdown by grade level of proficiency for our students on the M-STEP?
Select the Download/Print button at the top of the page. This will provide a spreadsheet of the statewide data file.
How can I get a spreadsheet to examine the data by entity?
Select the Download/Print button at the top of the page. This will provide a spreadsheet of the data from your current search settings. You can download the spreadsheet as a PDF or .CSV file. If you want to view unsuppressed data for your school, sign in with the secure login given to you by your school administrator.
This report reflects how students are performing on statewide assessments of learning; MI-Access reflects how students with cognitive impairments are performing on assessments based on alternate content standards.
The purpose of the state testing program is to provide teachers, parents, and other stakeholders with a point-in-time picture of what students know and are able to do in key content areas. It also satisfies requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001; and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as reauthorized in 2004.
All of the tests are administered in the late spring of the school year; data are updated as available after scoring is completed.
This report includes all valid tests taken by public school students. The only valid scores that are excluded are for private school or home schooled students.
The reports are aggregated by the building, district, and ISD where the test was taken, not where the student was enrolled.
2014-15 claim-subscore data is only available for All Students and only to users with secure login.
Claim scores represent a snapshot of student progress in key English language arts and mathematics learning areas. These scores help identify how well students know the subject and specific areas they may need to brush up on.
Because claim scores are calculated differently, on a different scale, than a student’s overall score for English language arts, or mathematics, comparisons between claim and overall scores should not be made.
In order to ensure a more reliable and valid claim score, Mathematics Claim 2 (Problem Solving) and Claim 4 (Modeling and Data Analysis) have been combined for reporting purposes. Content assessment items were similar for Claim 2 and 4 and the combination of these items into one combined score allows for a more accurate measure of student performance.
For more information on M-STEP performance levels follow the Performance Level Descriptions document.
For more information on specific grade level standards for math refer to the Math Crosswalks: Claims, Targets, and Standards document.
For more information on specific grade level standards for ELA refer to the ELA Crosswalks: Claims, Targets, and Standards document.
Location/Entity: You can select and compare data at different entity levels: statewide, by intermediate school district (ISD), by school district, and by individual schools that include all local education agency (LEA) and public school academy (PSA) schools. Public school academies, also known as charter schools, are considered their own school district.
LEA: Local educational agency such as a school district or charter school/public school academy (PSA).
Participation (P): Participation (P) assessments in MI-Access are for students who have, or function as if they have, a severe cognitive impairment. These students may have both significant cognitive and physical impairments that limit their ability to generalize or transfer learning, and thus makes determining their actual abilities and skills difficult. These students are expected to require extensive, ongoing support in adulthood.
Supported Independence (SI): Supported Independence (SI) assessments in MI-Access are for students who have, or function as if they have, a moderate cognitive impairment. These students may also have both cognitive and physical impairments that impact their ability to generalize or transfer learning; however, they usually can follow learned routines and demonstrate independent living skills. These students are expected to require ongoing support in adulthood.
Functional Independence (FI): Functional Independence (FI) assessments in MI-Access are for students who have, or function as if they have, a mild cognitive impairment. They also have a limited ability to generalize learning across contexts and their learning rates are significantly slower than those of their age-level peers. These students typically can assess their personal strengths and limitations, and access resources, strategies, supports, and linkages to help them maximize their independence. In adulthood, these students will most likely be able to meet their own needs and live successfully in their communities without overt support from others
Math: For M-STEP Mathematics is a comprehensive subject that measures students on content standards in the areas of Concepts and Procedures, Problem Solving, Communicating Reasoning, and Modeling and Data Analysis.
Science: Grade 4: The elementary M-STEP science test includes items that measure grade-level content expectations for grades 2, 3, and 4. Grade 7: The middle school science M-STEP science test includes items that measure grades 5, 6, and 8.
Social Studies: Grade 5: The elementary M-STEP social studies test includes items that measure grade level content expectations for grades 3, 4, and 5. Grade 8: The middle school M-STEP social studies test includes items that measure grade level content expectations for grades 6, 7, and 8.
Economically Disadvantaged: Economically Disadvantaged (ED) Students are those who have been determined to be eligible for free or reduced-price meals via locally gathered and approved family applications under the National School Lunch program, are in households receiving food (SNAP) or cash (TANF) assistance, are homeless, are migrant, or are in foster care. When any of these conditions are present, a student is considered ED.
Race/Ethnicity: Information about race and ethnicity categories can be found on the CEPI website.
Gender: The sex of the student, male or female.
English Learners: English Learners (ELs) are also historically known as English Language Learners (ELL) or Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. ELs are students who speak a language other than English as their primary language and have difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding English.
Students With Disabilities: Students in the selected school district with one or more specific impairments that require special education or related services and have an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Performance Level: A way of categorizing student test scores that provides a more detailed description of content mastery than the proficient/not proficient divide. For M-STEP tests, the performance levels are: Advanced, Proficient, Partially Proficient, Not Proficient. Students who score Advanced or Proficient are considered to be proficient, while those who score Partially Proficient or Not Proficient are not proficient.
Student Advanced or Proficient: Student who score Advanced or Proficient are considered to be proficient, while those who score Partially Proficient or Not Proficient are not proficient.
Percent Proficient: Students who scored proficient on a state standardized assessment as a percentage of students who tested. Depending on the report, this may be restricted only to Full Academic Year (FAY) students or may include all tested students.
Advanced: The student’s performance exceeds content standards and indicates substantial understanding and application of key concepts defined for Michigan students. The Student needs support to continue to excel.
Proficient: The student’s performance indicates understanding and application of key grade level expectations defined for Michigan students. The student needs continued support to maintain and improve proficiency.
Partially Proficient: The student needs assistance to improve achievement. The student’s performance is not yet proficient, indicating a partial understanding and application of the grade level content standards defined for Michigan’s students.
Not Proficient: The student needs intensive intervention and support to improve achievement. The student’s performance is not yet proficient and indicates minimal understanding and application of the grade level expectations defined for Michigan students.
Adequate Progress: Performance level indicator for M-STEP claim-subscore for ELA and Mathematics. Students making adequate progress are considered at or near the skill level needed for proficiency.
Attention May be Indicated: Performance level indicator for M-STEP claim-subscore for ELA and Mathematics. Students performing at the Attention May be Indicated performance level are considered near the skill level needed for proficiency but may need additional attention.
Most at Risk of Falling Behind: Performance level indicator for M-STEP claim-subscore for ELA and Mathematics. Students not making adequate progress are considered most at risk of falling behind.
Surpassed: A student who surpassed the performance standard on MI-Access should typically, with minimal to no assistance, be able to complete performance and participation tasks.
Attained: A student who attained the performance standard on MI-Access should typically, with moderate to minimal assistance, be able to complete performance and participation tasks.
Emerging Towards: A student is considered emerging towards the current performance standard on MI-Access when he or she needs considerable to moderate assistance to complete performance and participation tasks.
Surpassed or Attained: A student who has either surpassed or attained the performance standard on MI-Access should typically, with minimal assistance, be able to complete performance and participation tasks.
Number Assessed: The total number of students tested.
Mean Scaled Score: The average scaled score for students who took the test.
Standard Deviation: Shows how widely scores vary from the mean; a high standard deviation indicates that scores are more “spread out” (scores are farther away from the mean); a low standard deviation means scores are clustered closer to the mean.
<10, <5%, >95%: These labels are used in place of the actual data when there is a risk of identifying an individual student (unless you have logged in as a secure user).
The Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) collected the data used to compile this report. The databases used include:
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years at the statewide level please use the School Data File.
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