The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) administers springtime summative assessments in grades 3-11. A summative assessment measures the level of proficiency obtained at the end of the school year by comparing it against a standard or benchmark.
The M-STEP online assessment system refers to the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP, is aligned to Michigan standards, and is administered in the spring of each school year. This allows student measurement to be based upon current versus prior year learning.
English language arts (reading and writing) and mathematics are assessed in grades 3-8. Science and social studies are assessed in grades 5 and 8 and 11.
SAT and PSAT
The MDE uses the SAT as part of the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) for 11th graders. The Michigan SAT test date is April 14, 2020. Please see the SAT link on the Midland Public Schools website for more details on the SAT.
Due to legislation the MDE requires districts to administer the PSAT 8/9 to 9th graders and the PSAT 10 to 10th graders in the spring. The PSAT test date for all 9th and 10th graders will be eaither April 14, 15, or 16 2020; the date will be determined by the high school.
8th graders across the state will take the paper/pencil PSAT 8/9. These scores will be used to determine profficiency and growth for the ELA and math portions of state assessments. The PSAT 8 is a standardized timed test. 8th graders will take the M-STEP online assessments for science and social studies.
MME (Grade 11)
The MME in 11th grade consists of the SAT (a college entrance exam), WorkKeys (a work skills assessment) and the M-STEP summative assessments which will measure student growth in science and social studies.
WorkKeys® from ACT is a job skills assessment system measuring "real-world" skills that employers believe are critical to job success. It identifies gaps between student skills and employment needs. This assessment, which takes place on April 15, 2020 will utilize three of the eight WorkKeys Foundational Skills assessments: Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information.
Career Readiness Certificate
Students who score at least a 3 on each of these three WorkKeys® assessments will qualify for ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate® (ACT NCRC).
More information about WorkKeys® can be obtained online at www.act.org/workkeys
Online Testing Component: M-STEP
The English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics summative online tests in grades 3 - 7 are Computer Adaptive Tests (CAT). The social studies summative online test is a fixed-form, multiple choice test. The new science summative online test will include a combination of multiple choice and constructed-response items.