Two Summer Editions of Spotlight

The Michigan Department of Education has released two Spotlight Newsletters over the summer.  The full documents can be found here:

 July 21st Spotlight

August 4th Spotlight

Here are a few important highlights

 2016 M-STEP Data Release:

The 2016 M-STEP Final Score Reports will be available mid- to late-August. There will also be available several reports through the Secure Site: • Individual Student Report (ISR) • Student Overview Report • Student Roster Report • Comprehensive Report • Demographic Comprehensive Report • Expectation Analysis Report (for science and social studies) • Parent Report

Printed Parent Reports for distribution to parents will be delivered to schools prior to the end of August. The new Target Analysis Report for ELA and mathematics will be available in the fall. All MI-Access reports will be available approximately 2 weeks after M-STEP reports are released.

Assessment and Accountability Fall Webcast

The agenda for the 2016 Student Assessment and Accountability Fall Webcast is available now on the Division of Accountability Services (DAS) web page ( das). The webcast, which will be broadcast live from Wayne RESA on Monday, September 26, 2016 beginning at 8:30 AM and concluding at 3:30 PM, will feature a series of 45-minute topic-specific presentations delivered by DAS staff.  The assessment department will provide a summary to staff of the important update and changes after the webcast

Fall Counselor and Implementation Workshops

A three-hour Counselor Workshops workshop will be held on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 University of Michigan-Dearborn.  This workshop is designed for counselors and will provide important College Board Program updates for the 2016–17 school year, including: SAT Suite of Assessments, how score reports can help students improve their college readiness skills, free official SAT practice on Khan Academy, and upcoming changes to the 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  You can register at

MDE Spotlight on Assessment

  • Access to SAT and PSAT Test Cycles on the Secure Site
  •  MSDS Data Pull for Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students in Grades K–12 for WIDA Recorded 2016 Supports and Accommodations Refresher Webinar is Posted!
  •  Revised Draft ELA Essential Elements Documents for MI-Access Now Available for ALL Grade Levels
  •  M-STEP Parent Report Video SAT Corner
  •  Important Dates


Parent M-STEP Video

M-STEP Parent Report Video – NOW AVAILABLE

Last fall, the Michigan Department of Education provided schools and districts with an M-STEP Communication Toolkit in preparation for the release of state, district and building Spring 2015 results. To continue the Department’s commitment to support teachers, parents, and students throughout this transition to higher expectations for all students, a newly developed video is now available which summarizes M-STEP and walks viewers through how to read and interpret student scores within the M-STEP Parent Report.


This high quality video could be shown at various school and district meetings and events and/or shared with parents and staff via email or placement on your website.


The video is available with or without Closed Caption. The M-STEP Parent Report Communication videos are available on the MDE M-STEP web page at:


The MDE Communications Toolkit continues to be available on the MDE Secure Site at:


Free PSAT Practice Tests

Practice tests!


The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test designed to measure your ability to do college work. It is given once a year.

The test consists of five sections, two testing verbal reasoning skills and two testing mathematical skills, and one testing writing skills. Fifty minutes is allowed for answering the verbal questions, fifty for the mathematical questions, and thirty minutes for the writing questions.

PSAT/NMSQT is a trademark jointly owned by the College Entrance Examination Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which do not endorse this website.


January 7, 2016-Spotlight on Student Assessment & Accountability

• Classroom Activities Eliminated

• Pre-ID for SAT, PSAT, WorkKeys, and M-STEP (grades 3–8 and HS)

• Initial Material Orders for Spring 2016

• WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Materials Shipment and Additional Material Orders Window

• Changes in AMS for WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

• WIDA Sample Items, Student Tutorials, and Online Test Practice Available Supports and Accommodations for NEW Test Coordinators Webinar Supports and Accommodations REFRESHER Webinar Device Toolkit Update

• Would you be interested in serving on an assessment committee?

• SAT Corner

• Important Dates


8th Gr. PSAT on Feb. 25, 2016

The 8th Gr. PSAT will be given in school at no cost on
February 25, 2016!
Parent and teacher link and info for PSAT:
Go to

PSAT Test Structure & Format

The PSAT A review of the test format, structure, and question types.
PSAT Math An overview of the PSAT Math sections.
PSAT Critical Reading An overview of the PSAT Critical Reading sections.
PSAT Writing An overview of the PSAT Writing section.

Spotlight on Assessment 12-17-2015

Highlights from Spotlight:

• Spring 2015 M-STEP District and Building-Level Aggregate Data Publically Released • State-Level Spring 2015 M-STEP Preliminary Analysis • M-STEP Update on Classroom Activities January 6, 2016 Supports and Accommodation Refresher Webinar Web Access Instructions • English Learner Assessment and Accountability Snags FAQ More Chrome Devices Supported for Online Testing • Updating PSAT 9, PSAT 10 and SAT Access on the Secure Site • Comparability Between Online and Paper/Pencil Modes SAT Corner • Important Dates

Performance Proficiency Scale Score Ranges for the M-STEP by grade and subject:

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Spring 2015 M-STEP District and Building Level Aggregate Data Publically Released


State, district, and building-level aggregate data were publically released this morning, December 17, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

The data was released on the MI School Data web site at The Michigan Department of Education previously released Spring 2015 M-STEP state-level aggregate data and an accompanying press release on October 27, 2015. This press release is available at,4615,7-140-37818_34785-368037--,00.html.

M-STEP Data Location on MI School Data Site

Spring 2015 M-STEP data can be found under the Student Assessment tab located under the left navigation category titled Kindergarten – 12 at For a direct link to the Student Assessment page click here:

Once on the assessment page, select either Grade 3-8 Assessments or High School Assessments. Once on the grade specific assessment page, select M-STEP and using the dropdown menu, select the information you are interested in reviewing.

Spring 2015 M-STEP District and School Aggregate Data File

In addition, there will also be a statewide demographic report available in an Excel format for download available on the MI School Data site and the MDE M-STEP Downloadable data site. For ease of access the direct link to this file is

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12/03 Spotlight on Assessment


Spring 2015 MI-Access Student Data File • Test Results Embargo Reminder • Spring 2015 M-STEP District and Building Level Aggregate Data Coming Soon! Technology Summit • Kindergarten Entry Assessment Webinar – Using Your KEA Data • K–2 Early Literacy and Numeracy Spring 2016 Field Test • MI-Access – Revised Versions of the Draft Essential Elements Documents Now Available! • WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) Cycle I Closes December 4th • WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Writing Policy • WIDA Test Exceptions Window • Correcting Accidental Designations of Limited English Proficient (‘False LEP’) Students SAT Corner • Important Dates

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