Students that attend public schools across Michigan will take an updated standardized test according to state education officials.

The new Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) replaced the Michigan Educational Assessment Program after 44 years.  Details of the changes were announced Thursday.

Beginning next spring, the Michigan Legislature has ordered students statewide to take the M-STEP. The test is given online, there is a paper-and-pencil option however.

Educators all across Michigan assisted in the development of the M-STEP, they also helped write content for the test.  This coming spring students in grades 3-8 will take the test and 11th graders will take the Michigan Merit Exam.

Just under 2,000 schools across the state have participated in pilot online testing in preparation for the new exam.