Michigan K-12 ELA Standards

The Michigan Standards for  English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (“the standards”) represent the next generation of K–12 standards designed to prepare all students for success in college, career, and life by the time they graduate from high school. This page is designed to support districts in implementing the Michigan K-12 Standards for ELA and more fully understanding the assessments that will be used to determine if the standards are being met.

Click here to learn more about the Michigan K-12 Standards for ELA.

M-STEP Assessment

Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) is Michigan's new assessment system. The M-STEP will include our summative assessments designed to measure student growth effectively for today's students. English language arts and mathematics will be assessed in grades 3-8, science in grades 4 and 7, and social studies in grades 5 and 8. This assessment is based on the Common Core State Standards.

Click here for general information and sample performance tasks.  

 M-STEP Online Assessment Awareness

Grades 3-5 ELA Performance Task  Opinion and Informational Rubrics

Grades 3-8 ELA Performance Task Narrative Rubric  

Grades 6-11 ELA Performance Task Argumentative  and Explanatory Rubrics 

ELA Reading Continuum

K-5 Literature Continuum

6-12 Literature Continuum

K-5 information Continuum
6-12 Information Continuum

Social Studies/ Science Continuum

ELA Writing Continuum
K-5 Writing Continuum
6-12 Writing Continuum

Complex Text

Below are the materials to help you assess text for its level of complexity.

Text Complexity Bookmark
Rubric - Qualitative Text Complexity - Informational Text
Rubric - Qualitative Text Complexity - Literary Text
Quantitative Assessment - Opaki Website
Reader and Task Considerations

Writing Placemats

Opinion Writing K-5
Argument Writing 6-12
Information Writing K-5
Information Writing 6-12

Close and Critical Reading

Coded to the Common Core
Close and Critical Rubric


Day One - Common Core -- Reading
Day Two - Common Core -- Writing


Text Complexity

The Progression of Reading Comprehension

What ACT Reveals about College Readiness

Opportunities for English Language Learners in the Common Core

CCSS Implementation of Leaders


International Reading Association's Guide to Common Core Implementation - This statement zeroes in on specific language in the Standards, including new meanings of key terms, major shifts in instructional focus, and critical points on which the Standards are simply silent.

Tools for Teachers & Professional Learning Modules - Includes the first four installments of a six-part series of modules in the "Tools for Teachers" series of open education resources for professional learning, as well as an additional module examining how school-level leadership can wield instructional leadership teams (ILTs) and looking at student work (LASW) to better implement the elevated expectations of Michigan Standards.

Michigan Common Core State Standards Resources and Guides - provides brief introduction materials to the standards. Ideal for sharing the fundamentals of CCSS.  

Developing Your District's Literacy Plan - Great resource to connect the Michigan K-12 ELA Standards to your district's school improvement plan.  

The Mission Literacy website contains a vast amount of resources for implementing the common core.

Michigan K-12 State Standards Instructional Resources - This Moodle site provides resources to support the three instructional shifts recommended for literacy in English Language Arts, social studies, science, and technical subjects.