Two Summer Editions of Spotlight

The Michigan Department of Education has published 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

 2017 M-STEP Data Release:

The 2017 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 Workshop will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, from 9 am – 12 pm at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  This workshop is designed for counselors and will provide important College Board Program updates for the 2017–18 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

Spotlight Newsletter Spotlight

Click Here to Subscribe to the Weekly Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability in Your Email!

Every Thursday get the latest MDE assessment news delivered to your inbox. You’ll find a wealth of information including important test and material ordering dates, College Board SAT Corner, links to training and answers to recently asked questions about assessment. 

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.


8th Gr. PSAT

The 8th Gr. PSAT will be given in school.
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.

2016 Spring WIDA


The WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and the WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is scheduled to begin                       Monday, February 5, 2018 and will end March 23, 2018.  

The test coordinator and all staff administering the WIDA must watch the webinars available at the WIDA website so they can be prepared to complete tasks that are required in the administration of the WIDA.

We will share additional information with you regarding this EL language assessment as it becomes available from MDE.


Michigan Merit Examination

Spring 2016 MME Test Administration Webcast For up-to-date information on the Spring 2016 MME test administration, join MDE, College Board, and ACT staff for a full-day live training presentation on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. This streamed presentation, which will be broadcast from Wayne Regional Education Service Agency, will cover an overview of the MME, administration of the M-STEP, WorkKeys, SAT, and PSAT 8/9 and 10, and a brief discussion of the Secure Site and Test Accommodations. The webcast will be streamed live via MI Streamnet (http://mistreamnet. org/videos/3504/michigan-merit-examination-mmeadministration). An email address will be provided for viewers to submit questions on the day of the event. Questions will be answered at the end of the day, if time permits, and posted in the Recently Asked Questions section of the Spotlight one week after broadcast. Can’t make the live webcast? Don’t worry! The presentation will be posted in chapters after the live training in approximately 1-2 business days on the MI Streamnet site. Look for details in the November 5th Spotlight on how to access the videos on demand.

Schedule_of_Events_-_MI_503461_7  ACT WorkKeys

S16_Testing_Schedule_4985297 (1)  SAT College Readiness

Who_Must-Can_Take_the_Spring_2016_MME_504565_7  Who must take the Spring MME 2016?

Getting_Prepared_for_College_Board_Assessments_501797_  Staff Prep

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