Spring 2021 Assessments

Last Updated: 8/3/2020 2:46 PM
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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, 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 3-7. Science and social studies are assessed in grades 5 and 8 and 11.

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.

The MDE uses the SAT as part of the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) for 11th graders. The Michigan SAT test date is April 13, 2021. Please see the SAT link on the Midland Public Schools website for more details on the SAT.

The MDE requires districts to administer the PSAT 8/9 to 8th and 9th graders and the PSAT 10 to 10th graders in the spring. The PSAT test date for all 9th and 10th graders will be either April 13, 14 or 15, 2021; the date will be determined by the high school. The PSAT test date for 8th graders is April 13, 2021.

The SAT, PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 are on a common score scale. As such, a student’s score on the PSAT 8/9 is the same score they would have gotten on the PSAT 10 or SAT had they taken it on the same day.

The PSAT 8/9 is the first in the SAT Suite of Assessments; it is aligned with the PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT. The PSAT 8/9 provides a baseline which allows students and educators to gauge performance over time and pinpoints areas that need to be strengthened

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® Component
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 14, 2021 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