The State of Michigan is transitioning to new online assessments in Spring 2015: M-STEP, MI-Access, and WIDA. Ann Arbor Public Schools is working with administrators, teachers and students on the transition from the paper pencil format to computer aided assessment. Information on Michigan standards for all content areas to be assessed are located on the MDE website at http:/www.michigan.gov/academicstandards
Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)
Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) replaces the forty year-old Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) and moves test administration from the fall to the spring of each school year. This will allow student measurement to be based upon current versus prior year learning.
As in previous years, English language arts (reading, writing and listening) and mathematics will be assessed in grades 3-8. To reflect current year testing, science will move from being assessed in grades 5 and 8 to grades 4 and 7, and social studies from grades 6 and 9 to being assessed in grades 5 and 8 to measure current year growth.
The Michigan Merit Examination (MME) in 11th grade consists of ACT Plus Writing (a college entrance exam) and WorkKeys (a work skills assessment) and the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress M-STEP summative assessments which will measure student growth in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.MI Access
The Michigan Department of Education has recently given local districts discretion to modify the M-STEP testing experience for students in the 11th grade (only). After consultation between AAPS Central Administration and administration representing all the district's high schools the District will not be including two previously required components: the classroom activity and performance task. No similar modifications are permitted for the other tested grades.
The MI Access system is also online and will be available in the spring of 2015 for students whose Individual Education Program (IEP) Team has determined that it is not appropriate for them to participate in the state's M-STEP assessmentWIDA
WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) is a consortium of states dedicated to the design and implementation of high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English language learners. W-APT stands for the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test. This assessment tool, known as a “screener”, should be used by educators to measure the English language proficiency of students who have recently arrived in the U.S. or in a particular district. It can help to determine whether or not a child is in need of English language instructional services.
MI School Data
MI School Data is the official source for data and information about Michigan’s public school, districts, and regional educational agencies.
The link above will take you to past data, including 2013-2014 results for AAPS MEAP and 2013-2014 results for MME. Click the orange “Edit Button” near the top of the page to access data for individual subjects, schools, and/or any of the following categories
- Economically Disadvantaged
- English Language Learners
- Students with Disabilities