This sustained PD series will introduce facilitators to the Formative Assessment Process. Focus will center around clear learning targets, use of feedback, questioning, grading, and the students as self and peer assessors within a learning environment team.
The M-STEP replaces the 44 year old MEAP test and will be administrered for the first time in the Spring of 2015. This State summative assessment will assess students in english language arts and mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11 and in science in grades 4, 7 and 11 and in social studies in grades 5, 8 and 11.
MI-Access is Michigan's alternate assessment system, designed for students with cognitive impairments whose IEP (Individualized Educational Program) Team has determined that MEAP assessments, even with accommodations, are not appropriate. MI-Access satisfies the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as reauthorized in 2004 and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 that require all students with disabilities be assessed at the state level.
With the approval of the ESEA Flexibility Waivers came the requirement for Michigan to adopt a set of English language proficiency standards for English learners, as well as an English language proficiency assessment linked to the Common Core State Standards. Michigan adopted World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA). Implementation will take place in the Fall of 2013.
The College Board administers the SAT, all assessments in the SAT Suite of Assessments include a Reading Test, a Writing and Language Test, a Math Test and an essay component. Assessments will focus on: Words in context, command of evidence, essay analyzing a source, problem solving and data analysis, heart of algebra, advanced math, problems grounded in real-world context, analysis in Science and Social Studies and Great Global Conversations and U.S. Founding Documents
The link below contains sample items for the M-STEPSample Items for Paper/Pencil