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This week, students across our state began taking Michigan’s new assessment – the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP). Replacing the outdated MEAP test, M-STEP represents a different kind of assessment for our students and teachers, including:

  • Years of investments and testing are paying off and the vast majority of students will take the test on a computer.
  • New tests focus on critical thinking and comprehension – not memorization. Guessing “C” on a bubble sheet is a thing of the past.
  • The end-of-year test is now in the spring, where it belongs, instead of testing students after a long summer break.
  • In the future, test question difficulty will adapt to the student, giving parents and teachers better information about where their student excels and where they struggle.

To accommodate computerized testing, schools will be administering tests anytime during multiple week testing windows. In many schools, student testing will be spread over multiple days so that students are never testing for more than a couple of hours at a time.

Spring Testing Windows for Computerized Testing*
3rd Grade May 18 – June 5
4th Grade April 27 – May 15
5th Grade April 13 – May 1
6th Grade May 18 – June 5
7th Grade April 27 – May 15
8th Grade April 13 – May 1
11th Grade April 13 – June 5
*Schools can administer tests during any school day during the testing window. Administration can be spread over multiple days, at the discretion of the school or district.

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