M-STEP 2015 Statewide Results Released


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News Release

Contact:    Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs, (517) 241-4395

                  Bill DiSessa, Spokesperson, (517) 335-6649



October 27, 2015

LANSING – Michigan has reset the bar on learning with the release of the rigorous M-STEP statewide student assessment results taken last spring.

“With this all-new and more rigorous test, we expected statewide student scores to be lower than what we’d seen with the old MEAP tests,” said State Superintendent Brian Whiston. “While the overall scores on this new test are low, they aren’t as low as we first thought they could be.

“In order to prepare our students for the careers of the 21st Century and to vault Michigan to become a Top Ten education state in 10 years, we need high standards and rigorous assessments,” Whiston added. “This year’s results set the new baseline from which to build.”

After 44 years of the Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) test, 80 percent of Michigan students across the state sat down in front of computers to take the first-ever M-STEP. A paper and pencil option also was available for the handful of districts not yet prepared to test online.

Whiston said the M-STEP measures the state’s standards that give students a deeper understanding to what they are learning. It requires students to move beyond bubble sheets and multiple choice questions to a more interactive, engaging assessment. Students also must demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, and deeper knowledge through written responses.

“Wherever we set the achievement bar, the students will jump over it,” Whiston said. “It’s about expectations. As a state, we need to raise the expectations.”

The M-STEP results will be released in a staggered sequence, with the public release of statewide aggregates today. Schools and districts then will receive testing data through the MDE secure web site for schools’ access only. Later this year, school and district aggregate results will be available.

 Table of MSTEP proficiency scores by grade and subject

 Table of ACT subject scores

Michigan’s federal ESEA Flexibility waiver, approved by the U.S. Department of Education in August, provides that Michigan will not complete or issue public, high-stakes accountability in the form of top-to-bottom rankings and school report cards until Fall 2017.

Additionally, MDE will provide schools with useful reports and data that can be used to guide and improve student instruction based upon the first year of implementation of the M-STEP later this year. MDE provided preliminary reports to schools within about two weeks of the close of each testing window.

The 2016 M-STEP will include improvements announced this summer by the department, based upon feedback from school districts during the first administration of the test and survey responses from more than 26,000 students and 5,000 parents following the spring testing window.

MDE heard that the testing time was an issue for schools in this first implementation and made some initial adjustments during that testing window. The department later announced that for Spring 2016, the testing time for the Michigan Merit Exam will be reduced by eight hours, and by two and a half hours for grades three, four, six, and seven.

The test also will be administered in smaller portions over multiple days so students will not be required to complete the test all in one sitting.

Whiston said that the department currently is conducting an assessment vision workgroup with education stakeholders to see how student assessments can be streamlined for spring 2017 and beyond.

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PSAT/NMSQT Testing for 11th Gr. on Oct. 14, 2015

The PSAT/NMSQT will be given to 11th gr. at all of the high schools on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.  By taking this exam, students may qualify for National Merit Scholarships.  This opportunity also provides exposure to the suite of SAT assessments.  SAT will be the test used for the Michigan Department of Education college readiness examination in the Spring of 2016.

Student Guide


NWEA Science Skills Practice

To science teachers, administrators and parents:
Brief science survey/skill tests will be available for unlimited use  after the NWEA Fall testing window closes on October 5, 2015 until the next Winter window begins on January 4, 2016.  There are ~20 questions, test the same strands as the the MAP:  General Science tests, provide a RIT score but not growth.  See Learning Continuum after logging in under MAP reports.
NWEA Genl Science 6+

Dearborn Public Schools Research Guidelines

imgres The following Research Guidelines document is available for Dearborn staff and administrators as well as non-Dearborn individuals in the Document section of our blog. Click here:  Research Guidelines – 2015 )


If you have questions, please call the Assessment, Research, and Evaluation department at (313) 827-3040 or email     Dr. Kathleen Klee at kleek@dearbornschools.org


PSAT/National Merit Testing


The links below help with “the big picture” in addition to providing information and requirements regarding testing high school and middle school students!   Information is also included regarding Students with Disabilities.

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/official-educator-guide-psat-nmsqt-psat-related-assessments.pdf  (Educator Guide)

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to the Department of Assessment, Research and Accountability website.   Our mission through this site is to provide students, parents and staff with useful information and support pertaining to state and local assessments administered through Dearborn Public Schools.  How may we help you? We are just getting started!


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