M-STEP MONDAY!

Step up and be a part of it!

February 29, 2016

Elementary teachers with M-Step questions contact debbie.dimas@hazelparkschools.org

Secondary teachers with M-Step questions contact toby.gordon@hazelparkschools.org

This Week's Learning Target . . .

In order for our students to demonstrate their true capabilities, they should be familiar with the test format and adept at navigating the testing site. The assessment offers a variety of testing tools, which may provide students with extra supports, which will enhance their performance. However, students must understand the nature of each available tool if they are to utilize it effectively.


This week we are asking classroom teachers to access the ELA sample test and complete it as a class. As you interact with the test, please be sure to highlight each of the testing tools. These are available to all students. You will find a comprehensive explanation of each tool within the testing sight. Once you have accessed the appropriate test you will note a ? button on the right side of the screen under 'Student Training,' click it and then click open help. Now click on Testing Tools, where you will find the information. The link to the practice test site is below.

ELA Sample Tests

This link will take you to the M-Step practice tests. Click on: Sample Item Sets.

Explanation of M-Step Tools

The video below was made for the 2015 M-Step, therefore some of it's content is no longer pertinent. However, you will find a nice explanation of the assessment tools. The tool explanations can be viewed between 4:59 - 10:05.
M-Step Preview-How to use the Tools

M-Step To Be Administered On Chromebooks

All M-Step assessments will be administered through the use of Chromebooks. The use of Chromebooks will mean fewer schedule disruptions throughout this lengthy testing season. More importantly, however, is the fact that students have greater access to these devices. As stated earlier, students must be proficient in navigating the testing site if they are to demonstrate their true capabilities. Once students have reviewed the assessment with the class, it is important that teachers provide students further opportunities to access and practice the sample assessment independently.

2016 M-Step Tests Sessions and Dates

A schedule with specific dates and times will be shared with you in an upcoming newsletter. Below you will find the information with respect to specific grade levels.

Grades 5 & 8

The 5th and 8th grade testing window is: 4/11-4/29. The following assessments will be administered:


  • Two ELA Sessions - A Computer Adapted Assessment and a Performance Task.
  • Two Math Sessions - A Computer Adapted Assessment and a Performance Task.
  • Two Social Studies Sessions - Part 1 and Part 2

Students will be provided a unique testing ticket for each testing session.

Grades 3 & 6

The 3rd and 6th grade testing window is: 4/25 -5/13. The following assessments will be administered:


  • One ELA Session - A Computer Adapted Assessment.
  • Two Math Sessions - A Computer Adapted Assessment and a Performance Task.


Students will be provided a unique testing ticket for each testing session.

Grades 4 & 7

The 4th and 7th grade testing window is: 5/9-5/27. The following assessments will be administered:


  • One ELA Session - A Computer Adapted Assessment.
  • Two Math Sessions - A Computer Adapted Assessment and a Performance Task.
  • Two Science Sessions - Part 1 and Part 2

Students will be provided a unique testing ticket for each testing session.

Grade 11

The 11th grade testing window is: 4/11-4/29. The following assessments will be administered:


  • One Science Session
  • One Social Studies Session

Students will be provided a unique testing ticket for each testing session.

Next Week's M-Step Target

Next week we would like all classroom teachers to access the Math sample test and complete the practice questions as a class. Please review the testing tools and their appropriate use. Once the practice test has been taken by the class, it will be important for teachers to provide their students with further interact with the site and complete the assessment independently. Students are apt to feel more comfortable and confident, if they have interacted with the assessment independently on multiple occasions. There is a sample test for each grade level. You will find the link to the practice tests below.
Math Sample Tests

This link will take you to the M-Step practice tests. Click on: Sample Item Sets.

MDE M-STEP Resource Site

Many of the links you find on MDE's site will be highlighted in future newsletters, however, feel free to access the site and utilize its many resources at anytime!