To: Members of the Sparta Area Schools Educational Community

From: Mark R. Kasmer, Assistant Superintendent

Re: District Communication on State Assessments

Date: January 2015

**The following is presented to provide information related to the current status and performance of state assessments administered to students in the State of Michigan.

Overview of State Assessments

Replacing MEAP with M-STEP

In 2014-15 the state adopted a new battery of assessments called the M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) which replaced the MEAP test.  The M-STEP assesses the new state standards in ELA (English Language Arts) and Mathematics, and the GLCEs/HSCEs (Grade Level/High School Content Expectations) in Science and Social Studies.  The M-STEP is administered each spring to grades 3-8 and 11.  The ELA and Math content areas are tested each year.  Science is tested at grade 4, 7 and 11 and Social Studies is tested at grades 5, 8 and 11. 

Michigan Merit Exam

The MME (Michigan Merit Exam) is a bettery of state assessmemnts administered to 11th grade students.  In Michigan, students are required to take a career and workplace readiness exam, and a college entrance exam as part of the 11 MME.  The ACT WorkKeys will continue to serve as the test for career and workplace readiness while the new SAT + Writing replaces the ACT as the state adopted college entrance exam for the 2015-16 school year.  The MME battery of state administered assessments includes the SAT + Writing, ACT WorkKeys and M-STEP Science and Social Studies tests.

The PSAT is also made available by the MDE (Michigan Department of Education) to all schools at grades 9 and 10, and will be administered in Sparta Area Schools during the Spring MME testing window.

MI-ACCESS: Alternate Assessment

It is recognized that the M-STEP and MME are not appropriate assessments for specific groups of students with disabilities.  While M-STEP and MME assessments offer support and accomodations to designated students, Michigan offers an alternative assessment system designed for a specific population of students with disabilities.  The state developed MI-ACCESS, which provides three levels of tests designed to measure progress of students where and when the IEP Team determines the general state assessments are not appropriate: FI (Functional Independence), SI (Supported Independence) and P (Participation).

Students Learning the English Language

All K-12 students designated as ELLs (English Language Learners) are required to take the WIDA (World Class Instructions Design and Assessment).  The W-APT (WIDA ACCESS Proficiency Test) is an English Language Proficiency Test screener administered to new students who may be designated as ELLs.  The WIDA is administered each winter to measure the level and growth of the English language for each designated ELL in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

M-STEP Information and Resources: Understanding the Assessments & Reports


1. MDE State Assessment Overview

 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress - Spring 2015 What It Is, What It Means and What It Offers

PDF DocumentM-STEP Overview

PDF DocumentSpring 2015 M-Step Final  

2. Understanding and Reading M-STEP Reports

PDF DocumentParent Report Guide

Video DocumentMDE M-STEP Parent Report Communications Video

PDF DocumentPerformance Level Descriptors

PDF DocumentPerformance Level Scaled Score  

Claims, Targets and Standards



2014-15 M-STEP and MME District Results: State & District Aggregate M-STEP Scores


1. State Scores: Spring 2015 M-STEP Final Statewide Results


PDF DocumentGrades 3-8

PDF DocumentGrade 11

3. SAS Math:

PDF DocumentGrades 3-8

PDF DocumentGrade 11

 4. SAS Science:

PDF DocumentGrade 4 and 7

PDF DocumentGrade 11 

5. SAS Social Studies

PDF DocumentGrades 5 and 8

PDF DocumentGrade 11  

6. ACT

PDF DocumentGrade 11

State Assessment Websites: Links to State Testing and Reporting Websites 

MDE: Office of Assessment and Accountability




MI School Data: Spring 2015 M-STEP data can be found under the Student Assessment tab located under the left navigation category titled Kindergarten - 12 at  .  For a direct link to the Student Assessment page click here .

The landscape for state testing, district and building accountability scorecards and accreditation continue to change in the State of Michigan.  At this time there are several significant changes occurring with regard to state assessments.  These changes can be confusing and difficult to understand for all stakeholders, yet we recognize, and value, our role in providing members of our educational community with approrpriate and timely information.  As we prepare for the 2015-16 State assessments, and as developments occur at Michigan Department of Education, our district will continue to share assessment and accountability information through building and district correspondence and, where appropriate, updates to this site.

Please feel free to contact the Office of the Assistant Superintendent, Mark Kasmer, if you have any questions regarding state assenssments and/or state accountability and accreditation.   or 616-887-8253