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Student Testing Reports Planned Release for Late Fall of 2015

In the 2014-15 academic year, Michigan moved the state assessment program to the late spring and replaced the MEAP assessment with the M-STEP assessment. In past years, the MEAP and MI-Access tests were administered to students in the fall. This year, both the M-STEP and MI-Access test windows were moved from October to May and June. Because the test administration was later in the school year and additional work was involved in scoring the new M-STEP test, public results for the 2014-15 suite of tests will not be available until the late fall of 2015 on MI School Data. High school test results for ACT and 11th grade M-STEP will be available on MI School Data at the same time.

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) uses several assessments to cover the full range of student needs.

The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) is Michigan’s assessment system consisting of summative assessments designed to measure student growth effectively for today’s students. The Michigan Department of Education began using the M-STEP assessment during the 2014-15 school year. Students are assessed in the spring on the current year’s expectations. English language arts and mathematics are assessed in grades 3–8, science in grades 4 and 7, and social studies in grades 5 and 8. It also includes the Michigan Merit Examination in 11th grade, which consists of the ACT Plus Writing, WorkKeys, and M-STEP summative assessments in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Prior to the implementation of M-STEP, the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) was Michigan's general assessment for students in grades 3 through 9 until the 2014-15 school year. MEAP was based on Michigan's Grade Level Content Expectations in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students were assessed in the fall of each year on the prior year's expectations. All students in grades 3 through 8 were assessed in reading and mathematics. In addition, grades 4 and 7 were assessed in writing, grades 5 and 8 were tested in science, and grades 6 and 9 were evaluated in social studies. The MEAP results for the years 2007-08 to 2013-14 will remain available through the MI School Data Website indefinitely.

MI-Access is Michigan's alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS), designed for students with cognitive impairments whose IEP (Individualized Educational Program) Team has determined that MEAP, MME, or MEAP-Access assessments, even with accommodations, are not appropriate. MI-Access satisfies the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as reauthorized in 2004 and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 that require all students with disabilities be assessed at the state level.

The Michigan Merit Examination (MME) measures Michigan 11th graders' career- and college- readiness. It is based on the Michigan High School Content Expectations and provides scores in the areas of mathematics, science, reading, writing, and social studies. Students who did not test as 11th graders or do not have valid MME scores are tested as 12th graders.

The ACT is a college admissions examination that measures the proficiency of high school students in English, mathematics, reading, and science. The ACT scores displayed at MI School Data are from the ACT Plus Writing portion of the Michigan Merit Examination (MME).