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Northville students perform well on Spring 2016 M-STEP/PSAT/SAT assessments

Northville Public Schools’ students performed well overall on the Spring, 2016 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) and exceptionally well on the PSAT/SAT in grades 8-11, according to results recently released by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).  M-STEP parent reports for Northville students in grades 4 and 5 were sent home in student Monday folders on September 19, 2016. Reports for students in grades 6-9, as well as 12th graders, were mailed on Friday, September 16, 2016. Parents should receive these reports this week.

In Spring 2016, third through eighth graders from across Michigan participated in the second year of the M-STEP in math and English language arts (ELA).  In addition, fourth and seventh grade students were assessed in science and fifth and eighth graders took the M-STEP social studies test.  Michigan 11th graders in the Class of 2017 (this year’s seniors) also took the Michigan Merit Exam during the Spring 2016 M-STEP test period, including, for the first time, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) college entrance exam, which assesses evidence-based reading and writing, along with mathematics.  These students also took the M-STEP in social studies and science, as well as the ACT Work Keys.

First launched in Spring 2015, the Michigan Department of Education made additional changes to the M-STEP for the Spring 2016 testing cycle, including a significant reduction in the number of hours of testing for each grade level.  Also, students were able to test for shorter periods of time over the course of multiple days.  All students in grades 9 and 10 were required to take the PSAT in the spring – the first time in Michigan’s assessment history. This change allows school districts across the state to view a continuum of assessment data for students from third through 11th grade.

Northville High School (NHS) students in the Class of 2017 demonstrated a strong performance on the SAT, with 74 percent of Northville students meeting or exceeding the College Readiness benchmark in both math and evidence-based reading and writing (ERW).  By comparison, state-wide, 35 percent of students met the College Readiness standard in both subject areas.  In ERW, 89 percent of NHS students in the Class of 2017 met the benchmark. The state average was 60 percent.  Additionally, in math, 76 percent of Northville students met the standard; Michigan’s overall average for math was 37 percent.

The M-STEP assessment reflects more rigorous standards with an emphasis on the application of skills including problem-solving, making connections to the content and supporting a claim.  This year’s M-STEP scores are similar to last year’s results, both for Northville students and across the state.

“As with school districts across the state, the M-STEP results reflect a new baseline for performance on the state assessment and therefore should be viewed with some caution,” said Northville Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher. “Teachers and administrators across the school district will use this data as one source of information, together with other assessments of student learning, to improve our curriculum and instructional practices, enhance student intervention and support programs, and refine school improvement goals.”

Northville Public Schools’ district and individual school improvement processes focus on advancing student success and the district’s leaders and educators are guided by a clear vision and a detailed set of achievement goals, which can be viewed on the district’s website at District Goals.

The attached charts highlight the Northville Spring 2016 M-STEP and PSAT/SAT score comparisons with state averages by grade level.  Visit the district website at and click on the ‘MI School Data” link on the home page for more specific information by school building or to see results from surrounding districts.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s performance or you would like further information about the M-STEP, PSAT or SAT, please contact your child’s school.