This year is unique for state testing in Michigan schools. The legislature has chosen not to implement the Smarter Balanced assessment aligned to the Common Core State Standards, the asked the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to put a stop-gap assessment in place called the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP). Developed under a much shorter time frame than what MDE traditionally has to put together major assessments, many districts have been looking to prepare their teachers and students for it the best they can. The online nature of the assessment is also providing many school districts with their first real world stress test of their networks, devices, and infrastructure for online testing.

We felt that the #michED community would greatly benefit by providing teachers, administrators, and districts a chance to share what they’re doing to prepare staff and students for this assessment; whether you’re a fan of large assessments or not, it’s better to be prepared for them so staff and students feel comfortable and capable of performing their best. Thanks to Erin Peyerk, Data and Assessment Supervisor from Port Huron Schools, for helping guide us through this conversation.

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