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Spring 2018 M-STEP Results / Parent Report Information

Dear Parent(s),
The Spring, 2018 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) parent reports for Northville students in grades 3rd through 5th will be sent home in student Monday folders on September 17, 2018. Reports for students in grades 6th-8th will be sent home with students next week as well, while high school reports will be mailed to seniors who took the assessment in eleventh grade.

In Spring 2018, third through eighth graders from across Michigan participated in the fourth year of the M-STEP in math and English language arts (ELA). In addition, fifth and eighth graders took the M-STEP social studies test. Fifth and eighth grade students also took a Science field test that the state is piloting for feedback, and as such, results will not be reported. Michigan 11th graders in the Class of 2019 (this year’s seniors) took the Michigan Merit Exam during the Spring 2018 M-STEP test period, including 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, the MSTEP field test in science, and the ACT Work Keys.
 
Since its inception, the Michigan Department of Education has made multiple changes to the M-STEP. In the Spring 2018 testing cycle, MDE continued a reduction in the number of hours of testing for each grade level and removed all performance tasks in ELA and Math. Students in grades 9 and 10 continue to take the PSAT. This allows school districts across the state to begin to view a continuum of state assessment data for students from third through 11th grade.
 
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. The standards, which require students to develop a deeper understanding of subject matter, think critically, and apply what they are learning to the real-world skills needed to be successful in both college and the workplace, are also more challenging to assess. Teachers and administrators across the school district will continue to use this data as one source of information, together with other assessments of student learning, to improve 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 goals, which can be viewed on the district’s website at District Goals.
 
The following charts highlight the Northville Spring 2018 M-STEP and PSAT/SAT score comparisons with state averages by grade level. Visit the ‘MI School Data” link on the home page for more specific information by school building or to see results from surrounding districts.
 
Additional information about Michigan’s Education Assessment Program: What It Is, What It Means, and What Is Offered is attached, along with Parent Guides for How to Read Your Child’s Score Report. You can also view a video from the Michigan Department of Education that gives you an overview of how to read and interpret your child’s score here. 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.

Sincerely,

Aaron Baughman
Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services
Northville Public Schools