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April 2018

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Superintendent - Brad Gudme

Helping to Understand the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)


Expecting More

Getting children ready to take their place in the world is challenging. The knowledge and skills students need for a successful career continually evolve to meet current and future workplace demands. To ensure students can meet these demands, Michigan’s State Board of Education has adopted high learning standards that broadly outline what students need to know and be able to do in each subject and grade level to be ready for the next stage of learning.

The standards also guide teachers as they develop classroom curriculum and lesson plans. Today’s standards challenge students to:

  • Understand subject matter more deeply
  • Learn how to think critically
  • Apply what they learn to the real world
  • Make learning more relevant in their lives


Checking for Progress Once each year, all students in Michigan take a high-quality state summative assessment. Summative assessments measure what students know and are able to do at specific grade levels and in specific subject areas. All of Michigan’s state assessments measure student progress with Michigan’s content standards or other career- or college-readiness goals. The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) is given online to students in grades 3-8 and measures current student knowledge of Michigan’s high academic standards in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and social studies. High school students in grades 9 and 10 take the PSAT, to inform schools, students, and parents on what students know in ELA and mathematics, and help prepare students for the SAT college entrance exam given to every high school junior as part of the Michigan Merit Examination (MME). The MME consists of a free SAT with essay that also measures student knowledge on state ELA and mathematics standards, M-STEP science and social studies components, and a work skills assessment called ACT WorkKeys.

State Assessments Provide

♦ An important snapshot of student achievement at a state, district and building level

♦ Valuable information to parents on their child’s academic achievement

♦ Important data for teachers, schools, and districts to help guide instruction

Most students will spend no more than 3–7 hours—less than 1 percent of instructional time—on state assessments. Schools have the flexibility to give the M-STEP online tests anytime within a four-week time frame for each grade level. The PSAT, SAT and ACT WorkKeys assessments are administered according to College Board and ACT guidelines on specific dates.

M-STEP Features

♦ Modern test design, with fewer multiple choice questions and more problem solving and critical thinking.

♦ Computer adaptive testing (CAT) for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics assessments, which provides a more individualized test experience for students and more precise measurements of student learning.

♦ Efficiency:

− Testing time takes less than 1% of instructional time annually

− High school assessment also serves as a college-entrance exam

♦ Actionable results—preliminary results available to schools within a few days of testing; final results are available before the start of the next school year for buildings operating under a standard calendar: parent reports are distributed by schools at the start of the school year.

Why Assess Students?

Student assessment is a hot topic of conversation, with lots of diverse opinions on how, when, how much, with what tests, and for what purpose we assess students. Here are a few important points to keep in mind:

♦ State and federal laws require schools to assess student learning every year in specific grade levels and subjects (see table at left).

♦ Annual assessments that are the same for all Michigan students give us information on how students are performing, and how well schools and districts are teaching students compared to those in other communities, states, and nations. This helps target supports and resources to students and schools that need them most. It also helps identify areas of success from which others can learn.

♦ State standardized assessments do not measure everything important about a student, but they do measure how much a student knows in terms of our state’s content standards.

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We are Memphis!

Memphis Alumni we want to hear from you. We are working hard to continue to promote our District and share with everyone how great Memphis Community Schools are. We are building a data base of all our amazing Alumni and we need your help. Please send us your picture with name, profession, where you live, accomplishments and graduation year. We plan to share this information using social media and also by posting it throughout our halls for all of our current students to see. Please share this with all your classmates to help gather as many responses as possible. Thanks for your continued support. #memphispride

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