Michigan Virtual Charter Academy 5th and 8th Grades

Hello MVCA Flint Area Families!

We at MVCA are confident this testing experience will be smooth for our parents, learning coaches, students, and teachers. To make this a comfortable, positive experience, it is important we are all informed. This newsletter will help answer some questions you may have. Please read through this information and contact the site lead (contact details at the bottom) with any additional questions or concerns you may have.

Our teaching team is looking forward to meeting all of you!

MSTEP Testing

Thursday, April 14th, 8am

ITT Technical Institute - 6359 Miller Road, Swartz Creek, MI, United States

MSTEP Testing

Friday, April 15th, 8am

ITT Technical Institute - 6359 Miller Road, Swartz Creek, MI, United States

More Information

Dates: Testing is on both Thursday, April 14th and Friday, April 15th!

  • Registration is from 8:00am - 8:20am on both days.
  • Testing will begin at 8:30am and should be finished around 12:30pm.

What to bring

  • Layered shirt/sweatshirt in case you get hot or cold
  • A light snack and/or bottle of water. We will keep these in a designated area, so they will not be at testing tables.
  • Contact phone numbers for who to call when the student finishes testing.
  • A full belly - make sure to eat a healthy meal before you arrive at the test site.

What will be provided

All testing materials (pencils, scratch paper, graph paper, computer, headphones, mouse, etc.)

and testing areas

Before sign-in:

  • Please make sure students have used the restroom. We will have restroom breaks, but it makes testing much more smooth if this is taken care of before sign-in.
  • Free parking will be available right outside the building. Please follow all posted parking signs.
  • Ensure students have no electronic devices with them. If they will need to hang on to a cell phone to call after testing for pick-up, the power must be off, and these will be collected by our MVCA teachers to hold on to during testing.
  • Discuss behavior expectations with your child. Since we are guests of ITT Technical Institute, it is important that we respect their building and staff. Additionally, we all need to be respectful of other families and students testing. This is a new experience for many of our families; we want to make it as comfortable and positive as possible.

During sign-in:
  • All students must be accompanied by an adult. Students are not allowed to sign themselves into testing. If you need to make special arrangements for students who walk alone, this must be completed before the day of testing. A handwritten note from the learning coach or parent, signed, with contact information, must be scanned and Kmailed to the site lead, Lisa Faulkner, lfaulkner@k12.com no later than Wednesday, April 13th at 5pm.
  • Please give hugs and say goodbye while waiting in line to allow for smooth check in.
  • No parents or siblings will be allowed past the sign-in location or into the testing rooms, due to test security requirements.

During Testing

Students and MVCA Teachers:

MVCA teachers will greet students in their testing room and help them find their seats. Cell phones will be collected, verified it is powered off, and held on to by the MVCA teacher. Snacks and any additional items students bring will be placed at a designated place in the room away from the testing computers.

Parents/Learning Coaches:

You are welcome to drop your child off and return home. A teacher or your child will call you when they are finished with testing.

As an alternative, Genesee Valley Mall allows for walkers to enter the mall starting at 8:00am. You are welcome to stretch your legs until stores open at 10:00am, then do some shopping. This is a very nice retail district, so feel free to grab a coffee (Starbucks and Panera are nearby), grab a bite to eat, or shop (Target is just up the road).

When Students are Finished

When students finish their final test for the day, they will be dismissed during breaks if other students are still testing. When they have been dismissed from the testing room, they will wait with one of our teachers. We will call the phone number provided at sign-in. Students cannot be dismissed without the signature of their legal guardian or learning coach.


M-Step is not timed. Students will be allowed to continue working as long as they need. If it appears they will need much longer than the estimated times we will contact you to discuss options. If they finish early, they may be dismissed.

Students will be given breaks between content area tests to use the rest room, stretch their legs, and get a drink of water. MVCA teachers will give directions at the start of testing on what to do if a break is needed while completing a test. (These will be allowed, but students must remain with a teacher until all portions are completed for the day.)

Medical Concerns

If your child has any serious or life-threatening medical conditions or needs medication during testing, please call, Kmail, or e-mail Mrs. Lisa Faulkner (616-309-1600 x. 3092) as soon as possible. This will ensure our team is aware and we are able to give you and your child the appropriate attention needed to address any concerns.

Meet the mvca Flint mstep team