M-STEP Updates

Updates as of April 28th

Equation Builder Tool Help

The mathematics assessments include some items that provide an equation builder as a tool for constructing responses. Not much prior information was released regarding this tool. If students have not encountered an equation builder before, it is important to model the use of the tool so they are prepared to use it appropriately. Resources to facilitate modeling:



NOTE: These instructions may not be used by students during testing. They are for advance preparation only.


Items with the Equation Builder do not require a label. Only the numeric value of the response will be scored for mathematics items using the Equation Builder. If a label is entered it will NOT count against the student.

Video Link: Using the Equation Builder Tool (EQ)

Video describing EQ button in M-STEP.

Equation Builder Help Sheet

Click to open equation builder directions.

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ELA Constructed Responses

The ELA assessment has only one full-write essay; it is the Performance Task, Part 2. All other constructed response items are intended to require brief responses; these items are scored on a 2-point rubric. Although the response area is shorter than some students expected, it is adequate for each of the constructed response items.

M-STEP Testing Window


  • 5th Grade: Now - May 1, 2015
  • 4th Grade: April 27 – May 15, 2015
  • 3rd Grade: May 18 - June 5, 2015
MDE Releases "ELA Lessons Learned"

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

Student M-STEP Prep Slideshow

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