State Testing - M-Step
In June 2014, the Michigan Legislature required the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to develop a new test for spring 2015, creating a need to reduce a normal three-year test development process to nine months. We have been working hard to accomplish this and are excited to announce our new assessment system called the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP.
The M-STEP will include our summative assessments designed to measure student growth effectively for today’s students. English language arts and mathematics will be 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 a college entrance exam, work skills assessment, and M-STEP summative assessments in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Spring 2017 Test Windows
- M-Step Grades 5, 8 & 11 – April 10 through April 28
- M-Step Grades 3 & 6 – April 24 through May 12
- M-Step Grades 4 & 7 – May 8 through May 26
- SAT – April 11
- WorkKeys – April 12
- PSAT – April 11
- MI-Access – April 10 through May 26
- WIDA – February 6 through March 24
Free Practice Tests for All High School Grade Levels
To prepare students for the College Board’s PSAT, and the SAT with Essay, Michigan students now have free access to the Khan Academy for online test practice. For more information on the PSAT and SAT, please visit: the College Board’s Michigan website (www.collegeboard.org/michigan).
Official website for M-Step is www.michigan.gov/mstep.
2014-15 M-Step Test Results
Last year SPS students took the M-Step for the first time. The State has released the results and you should be receiving them shortly from the schools with report cards. Here is a video you can watch to help you start to understand what it all means.
M-Step Parent Video
Source: website for M-Step at www.michigan.gov/mde
Parent Engagement is vital to student achievement and personal success.
According to research, the most accurate predictor of a student's achievement in school is not income or social status, but the extent to which that student's family is able to:
1. Create a home environment that encourages learning
2. Communicate high, yet reasonable, expectations for their children's achievement and future careers
3. Become involved in their children's education at school and in the community
These three seemingly simple steps require dedication and commitment from all students, parents, and school personnel. The resulting benefit of this investment in time and effort is well worth the future aspirations and success of every child. Please review the following list of Academic Benefits of Parent Engagement:
BENEFITS OF PARENT ENGAGEMENT
1. Students achieve more, regardless of socio-economic status, ethnic/racial background or the parents' education level.
2. Students have higher grades and test scores, better attendance, and complete homework more consistently.
3. Students have higher graduation rates and greater enrollment rates in post-secondary education.
4. Educators hold higher expectations of students whose parents collaborate with the teacher.
5. Student achievement for disadvantaged children not only improves, but can also reach levels that are standard for middle-class children. In addition, the children who are farthest behind make the greatest gains.
6. Children from diverse cultural backgrounds perform better when parents and professionals collaborate to bridge the gap between the culture at home and at the learning institution.
7. Student behaviors such as alcohol use, violence, and antisocial behavior decrease as parent engagement increases.
8. Students keep pace with academic performance if their parents participate in school events, develop a working relationship with educators, and keep up with what is happening with their child's school.
9. Junior and senior high school students whose parents remain involved make better transitions, maintain the quality of their work, and develop realistic plans for their future. Students whose parents are not involved, on the other hand, are more likely to drop out of school.