Pathways to Success

Ann Arbor Public Schools

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    The Pathways mission is to build a community of learners that are committed to success by leveraging technology, business partnerships, project based learning, 21st Century teaching, and service learning to uniquely enhance the student experience.

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    SAT/MEAP/MME: Begins Tuesday April 10th 

    Make sure you are ready!  

    General testing information is below, please see your counselor for more information



    9th Grade - 
    • MEAP/MME - Social Studies. The state-mandated Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) tests are administered every October to students in grades 3-9.  All students in grades 3-8 take the Reading and Mathematics tests.  Students in grades 5 and 8 also take the Science test, and students in grades 6 and 9 also take the Social Studies test.  [The Writing test was temporarily eliminated in 2009/10, but will be added back in for grades 4 and 7 in 2010/11.]  The tests are based on the state's Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE's) for each subject area.  Performance levels on the tests are set as follows:
      • Level 1 - Advanced Proficient
      • Level 2 - Proficient
      • Level 3 - Partially Proficient
      • Level 4 - Not Proficient
      Scores are typically summarized as the percentage of students scoring at each level. The percentage of students scoring at levels 1 and 2 serves as the basis for calculating a school's Adequate Yearly Progress, as required by the federal No Child Left Behind legislation. • Usually given during the school day in October. Registration and fees are taken care of by the school.• Detailed information about the MEAP, including sample tests and the list of Grade Level Content Expectations, is available on the state website:
    • PSAT 8/9 - Pre-SAT. In 9th grade, the PSAT 9 is used as a Pre-SAT/practice test for the SAT I and may help the student identify strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the SAT. The test is the same as other PSAT tests, and will be given in the Spring/April. Only the fall test date of junior year qualifies for NMSQT. See 11th grade year PSAT/NMSQT for details.

    10th Grade -
    • PLAN - Pre-ACT. The PLAN helps 10th graders build a foundation for their future (college and career) and practice for the ACT. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career training options and make plans for their remaining years of high school and post-graduation years. PLAN also provides an approximate ACT score range. • Usually given during the school day in October. Registration and fees are taken care of by the school. •
    • PSAT 10 - Pre-SAT. In 10th grade, the Spring/April PSAT 10 is used as a Pre-SAT/practice test for the SAT I and may help the student identify strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the SAT. The test is the same for both dates, and given in the Spring/April. Only the fall test date of junior year qualifies for NMSQT. See 11th grade year PSAT/NMSQT for details.
    • ASVAB - Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. First, you DO NOT have to be interested in the Armed Forces to participate in the ASVAB! The ASVAB Career Exploration program provides tools to help high school and post-secondary students across the nation learn more about career exploration and planning. It is a comprehensive career planning and exploration program that includes multiple aptitude test battery, an interest inventory and various career planning tools designed to help students explore the world of work. The 8 ASVAB test areas are; General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronics Information, Auto & Shop Information and Mechanical Comprehension. Results of the test enable students  to evaluate their skills, estimate their performance in academic and vocational endeavors and identify potentially satisfying careers. These results are integrated with work values to help students identify and prioritize potential career choices. Students are encouraged to consider their own work values and other important personal preferences as they explore the world of work and learn career explorations skills that will benefit them through out their work lives. • Usually given in school at least one time a year, see Google Cal and Announcements in PowerSchool for dates. Also, given multiple times throughout the year at local recruiting stations. Student responsible for registration. No known fees. •

    11th Grade - The BIG testing year!
    • State Assessment - Michigan Merit Exam (MME).
      • This is the 3 day state-wide exam at the high school level. Participation is required for graduation from the Ann Arbor Public Schools. Usually given in the Spring/March/April. Registration and fees taken care of by the school. See MDE website,1607,7-140-22709_35150---,00.html
      • It includes a full version of the SAT+Writing (acceptable for college admissions), Work Keys job skills assessments in reading, mathematics, and "locating information" and Michigan-developed M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) assessments in science, and social studies.
      • Students with 504/IEP may apply for accomodations. Contact your student's SPE Teacher Consultant or Counselor for information.
      • Michigan law says a student may not take the MME more than once. Some exceptions exist.
    • PSAT - Pre-SAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
      • The 11th grade PSAT results are used as. . .
      • In addition, many corporate and private scholarship programs may access the results.
      • Scoring and structure of the test will be the same as the new (2015-16) SAT. However, there will not be a writing section. NOTE: Changes to SAT & PSAT, details at bottom of this page.
      • Usually given during the school day in October.
      • Registration and fees are taken care of by the school for the 11th grade testing.
      • 10th grade students should contact College Board to find out a PSAT 10 test date in the spring and are responsible for own registration & fees. 
    • TOEFL - Test of English as a Foriegn Language. The TOEFL test is the most widely respected English-language test in the world, recognized by more than 8,000 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries. Wherever you want to study, the TOEFL test can help you get there. Using the latest technology, the TOEFL iBT® test, administered via the Internet, measures a candidate’s ability to combine listening, reading, speaking and writing skills, making it the most comprehensive English-language proficiency test. It simulates actual tasks from classrooms — from comprehending a lecture to participating in discussions and extracurricular activities. With unmatched scoring procedures and security measures, the TOEFL® test is the industry standard in English-language assessment.• Many test dates throughout the year. Students are responsible for registration and fees. •

    12th Grade - 
    • Retakes and Make-up Tests; SAT I, SAT II, ACT, MME/M•STEP, TOEFL. See descriptions in 11th grade year.
    • College Placement Tests. Colleges may require a placement test to help insure that students are in correct level of programming. These placement tests are for reference and placement only and should not influence admissions to the college. (ie: WCC takes the COMPASS test.) • Usually given during Orientation for incoming students. No known fees. • Check with individual college for more information. 

    Pathways is a high school campus for students needing or preferring a smaller, intimate academic environment that may be unavailable at larger, comprehensive high schools.  Through multiple pathways and flexible learning opportunities such as online coursework, community internships, dual enrollment opportunities, traditional direct instruction blended with project based learning, students can meet the State of Michigan graduation requirements, along with the opportunity to earn college credits. 

    Pathways is designed to provide choice for students through unique class offerings in the core academic and elective areas, small class sizes, unique teacher – student interactions, and internships.  Some of the resources that make Pathways Special: 

    • RAHS (Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools)  - with newly expanded hours! 
    • On-site child care (see enrollment requirements)
    • Dual enrollment at Washtenaw Community College
    • Internships through Zingermans and through Michigan Rehabilitation Services
    • Ever-expanding relationships with community businesses and resource services.