The assessment and accountability consultation staff provides a variety of resources to assist Wayne County Schools in the effective implementation of the Michigan education testing program, formative assessment, balanced assessment, Data Driven Dialogue and accountability requirements.

Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)

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. 


The Michigan Merit Examination assesses students in grades 11 based on Michigan High School Content Expectations (HSCE). It is administered each spring. The MME consists of three major components: the ACT Plus Writing college entrance examination; the Work Keys job skills assessment in reading and mathematics; and M-STEP assessments in ela, mathematics, science, and social studies.   >More Information at MDE


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.   >More Information at MDE 


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. 

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Smarter Balanced is a state-led consortium developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics that are designed to help prepare all students to graduate high school college- and career-ready

Formative Assessment

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.