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Assessment Summary

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. MDE 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 three through eight, science in grades four and seven, and social studies in grades five and eight. It also includes M-STEP summative assessments in science and social studies from the Michigan Merit Examination in 11th grade.

Prior to the implementation of M-STEP, the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) was Michigan's general assessment for students in grades three through nine 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 three through eight 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 six and nine 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 M-STEP or MME 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 students in grade 11 on Michigan high school standards. The MME consists of three components: College Board SAT, WorkKeys job skills assessments in reading, mathematics, and locating information, and Michigan-developed Science and Social Studies M-STEP. Students who did not test as 11th graders, or do not have valid MME scores, are tested as 12th graders. Starting in 2014-15, MME assessment data was no longer reported on MI School Data but instead was reported separately as M-STEP and ACT. For the 2015-16 school year, MI School Data reports M-STEP Science and Social Studies as well as the College Board SAT.

The College Board SAT is an assessment that provides valuable information about college readiness. The assessment includes an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section, which is composed of a Reading Test and a Writing and Language Test and a Math Test. The SAT scores displayed at MI School Data are from the SAT portion of the Michigan Merit Examination (MME).

The ACT is a college admissions examination that was used in the state of Michigan as part of the MME exam until 2014-15. The ACT 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).