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  • 4/8-5/10 5th Grade M-Step Testing

M-Step Parent Letter

March, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Michigan Department of Education’s annual state testing will begin in April, when we return from Spring Break. Students in the State of Michigan take a combination of M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress), PSAT 8/9 and SAT.

· Students in grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 will take the mathematics and ELA M-STEP assessments.

· Students in grade 5 will take the mathematics, ELA, social studies and pilot science M-STEP assessments.

· Students in grade 8 will take the PSAT 8/9, which replaces the ELA and math portion of the M-STEP. Eight graders will still take the social studies M-STEP and the pilot science M-STEP assessments.

· Students in grade 11 will continue to take the Michigan Merit Exam, which includes the SAT, the social studies M-STEP and the pilot science M-STEP assessments.

M-STEP is an untimed, online assessment, students will take using Chromebooks or computers in their school’s computer lab. Students will take the following state assessments during the designated testing windows:


M-STEP Tests Given

State’s Testing Window

Each window was extended an additional week by the State, due to the number of snow/cold days this year.

3, 4, 6 and 7

ELA (Reading, Writing), Math

April 29 - May 31


ELA (Reading, Writing), Math, Science, Social Studies

April 8 - May 10

8 and 11

Science, Social Studies, in addition to PSAT and SAT

April 8 - May 10

Students will not test every day during the testing window. Each school is creating a schedule to allow for minimum disruption to teaching and learning. Specific test dates will be available through your child’s school.

More information about M-STEP is also available on the State of Michigan Department of Education (MDE) website:

The MDE is conducting a statewide science field test that began during the spring 2018. The science field test, which is based on Michigan's new science academic standards, will be administered to all students in grades 5, 8, and 11. This is a change from previous years when the Science M-STEP was administered at grades 4 and 7. The spring science field test will count towards the participation requirement in Michigan’s state and federal accountability system, but science proficiency will not be calculated.

The social studies test that is administered will have two parts at grades 5 and 8 and one part at grade 11. It is similar to tests in previous years with multiple choice, interactive computer questions, and short written responses.

To preview the M-STEP online assessment in ELA and Math, visit this website using Google Chrome as your browser: Click on M-STEP On-Line Tools Training and choose the grade level you would like to preview.

Teachers prepare students for the M-STEP by teaching our district’s curriculum for ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies. Also, teachers have explored the test items and provided their students an opportunity to practice grade-level specific online sample items.

For additional information on M-STEP administration at your child’s school, please talk with your student’s teacher and/or school principal.


Theresa O’Brien

Chief Academic Officer

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On Wednesday, April 17th the Cooper 6th grade vocal classes will perform a concert presentation of "Aladdin, kids" at Franklin High School at 7:00 PM. All 6th grade vocal students are participating in this exciting event and all are welcome to enjoy the classic Disney songs we have all grown to love, including "Arabian Nights", "A Friend Like Me", and "Prince Ali". There is no charge for this concert.


Who: 6th grade Band Students

What: Band-O-Rama (a concert including all 6th – 12th grade band students in the Franklin triad)

Where: Franklin H.S.

When: Tuesday, April 16th at 7:00P.M. (Students in gym by 6:30 P.M.)

What to wear: Students should dress nicely for this special occasion.

*Students are responsible for bringing a music stand to this concert. They may share with a partner and may borrow one from me. Stands will be handed out during class to anyone who requests one. I am hoping that everyone can attend, but if not, I would appreciate it if you would let me know as soon as possible.

Any questions? Please contact me at

Thanks, Sandy Crociata


  • 4/16 Band o Rama @ Franklin High School
  • 4/17 Aladdin 7:00 PM @ FHS
  • 4/18 PTA Athletika Night
  • 4/22 & 4/23 Wild Safari Assembly
  • 4/25 Youth Making A Difference 6:00-8:00 PM at Churchill High School
  • 4/29-5/24 6th Grade M-Step
  • 5/6-5/17 I Ready Testing
  • 5/13 Leadership Showcase, Book Fair and Art Fair
  • 5/17 Tigers Night
  • 6/3 Variety Show Dress Rehearsal 3:45-7:00
  • 6/5 Variety Show 6:00 - 8:30

The Detroit Tigers

Friday, May 17th 7:10 PM Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics Price: $21 (Lower level Pavilion)

*A portion of each ticket purchased will benefit our school

Ordering Procedure:

All orders can be placed online with a credit card. The link for our school is You will be able to SELECT your seats from the block that is on hold for us and PRINT your tickets after completing your order.

A per ticket fee will be added at checkout for this service Tickets are limited. Please order early

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