Yesterday, Thursday Nov. 13, Michigan’s Department of Education stated that they have created a new online exam that is intended to replace the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) starting next spring.

This new Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) was developed to meet instructions set last summer by Michigan state lawmakers.

Michigan Department of Education officials said the M-STEP meets all of the Michigan’s Legislature’s requirements. The new test will include not only an online assessment, but it also has a paper-and-pencil option.

The new test will incorporate a larger number of “constructed response” questions that will challenge the students to demonstrate skills in problem-solving.

Michigan school districts can now plan to administer the new exam next spring.

The M-STEP will be used to test grades 3-8 in math and English language, grades 4 and 7 in science, and grades 5 and 8 in social studies. It will also include an assessment for grades 3-8 and the Michigan Merit Exam for 11th-graders.

Good luck to our students in Michigan

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