M-STEP Updates

Updates as of April 30th

3rd Grade Testing Window ADJUSTED

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will open the M-STEP test administration window for third grade one week early to provide schools and districts with additional flexibility in coordinating their test administration schedules with end of year activities. There is no change to the end date for the test window, so schools may maintain their previously established testing schedules if they choose. Schools still have through Friday, June 5, 2015 to complete testing.

Note: This does now overlap with the 4th grade testing window by one week.

Concerns about Unlocks/Resume Testing and Incident Reports

The MDE has had many requests to unlock test sessions for students who have ended tests prematurely. Please telephone the Help Desk at 1-877-560-8378 (option 2) immediately if a test needs to be unlocked. Not following these instructions will likely result in a delay in unlocking test sessions. It is important to have students resume testing as quickly as possible. An Incident Report must still be filed as soon as possible, but it can be marked as resolved if no additional assistance is needed. In addition, individual students who do not complete a test in the allocated time may resume testing. Any tests resumed on another day require an incident report with the UICs of the impacted students. These incident reports should also be reported as resolved.

M-STEP Testing Window


  • 5th Grade: Now - May 1, 2015
  • 4th Grade: April 27 – May 15, 2015
  • 3rd Grade: May 11 - June 5, 2015
Student M-STEP Prep Slideshow

Click link for student M-STEP slideshow with resources for practice and preparation.

MDE Releases "ELA Lessons Learned"

Read the feedback the MDE is receiving and what they are learning about the test.