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The 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years will bring substantial change in state required summative assessments.

In June of 2014, legislation was passed requiring the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to develop a new summative assessment for use in Spring 2015. Unlike the previous MEAP assessments, the new assessment will be aligned to Michigan standards, administered in the spring, and measure current year versus past year student knowledge. English language arts and mathematics will be assessed in grades 3-8 and 11. Science will be assessed in grades 4, 7, and 11; and social studies in grades 5, 8, and 11. This assessment will be administered for one year, online with a paper and pencil option for schools not technology-ready. 

The legislation also requires the department issue a Request For Proposal by September 1, 2014 for a new summative assessment system to begin in the 2015-16 school year.

2015 Summative Test Window

Information on Michigan's Future Assessment System

General Assessment Information

Communications to the Field

Below you will find direct links to state and national assessments pages and various state accountability reports and information.


Content Expectations Grade Level Content Expectations and Extended Grade Level Content Expectations are learning outcomes expected of all students.

ELPA (English Language Proficiency Assessment) is for K-12 students eligible for English language learner (ELL) services.

EXPLORE-PLAN Pilot Program Pilot project offering the EXPLORE assessment to all grade 8 students and the PLAN assessment to all grade 10 students.

Interim Assessments will be online pre/post assessments for specific K-8 grade content areas and high school level courses.

MEAP  (Michigan Educational Assessment Program) assesses students in grades 3-9 based on Michigan Curriculum Framework.

MEAP-Access  - is Michigan's alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards in grades 3-8 for students receiving grade-level instruction who have a current IEP.

MI-Access  is Michigan's alternate assessment program for students with significant disabilities and when IEP teams determine that MEAP or MEAP-Access, even with accommodations, is not appropriate.

MME  (Michigan Merit Exam) assesses students in grade 11 (and eligible students in grade 12) based on Michigan high school core content expectations

NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) is a representative sample of Michigan schools selected for federally-sponsored and reported national assessment results.

KEA (Kindergarten Entry Assessment) can be used to assess a child’s learning and development at the beginning of kindergarten.

Accountability measures of student achievement and school performance based on statewide assessments and other academic indicators as required under state and federal law.

BAA Professional Learning is the home to the BAA Web Conference Series with web cast regarding Accountability, ELPA, MEAP, MEAP-Access, MI-Access, MME and much more.

Beating the Odds Schools are a subset of Reward Schools, identified annually as having outperformed predictions and/or similar schools across the state.

EducationYes! measures school accreditation system based on student achievement and schools' self-assessment

Focus Schools are the 10% Michigan public schools identified to have largest achievement gaps.

Educator Evaluations, in Michigan were implemented beginning in the 2010-2011 school year.

Michigan School Accountability Scorecards show school performance and compliance in fulfillment of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Priority Schools are schools identified to be in the lowest 5% of Michigan public schools. Formerly known as Persistently Lowest Achieving (PLA) Schools. 

Reward Schools are schools identified by high achievement, high improvement, or by "Beating the Odds"

Shared Educational Entities (SEEs) A SEE is defined as a school or program to specific education services to students coming from two or more LEAs that have a business relationship for that purpose.

Top-to-Bottom Ranking is Michigan's federally approved method of comparing public schools, based on achievement, improvement, and achievement gap.

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