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Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, Michigan will be transitioning to a new comprehensive assessment system that will provide accurate, in-depth and timely student performance and growth information to meet state and federal accountability requirements and provide educators with the tools they need to help students graduate from high school career- and college-ready.  

Michigan’s future assessment system is a robust, three-part system aligned to state standards, designed to measure student achievement in English language arts (reading and writing), mathematics, science and social studies. A college entrance exam and work skills test also will be included in the new high school assessment.

New assessments will replace, the 40-year old Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) currently administered in grades 3-9 and the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) given to high school juniors. Assessment administration of our annual summative assessments (similar to MEAP and MME) will move from the fall to the spring of each school year. This will allow student measurement to be based upon current versus prior year learning.

As in the past, a vast majority of our assessment system will be developed, implemented, administered and scored by the Michigan Department of Education including all science and social studies assessments. While the department manages most elements of English language arts and mathematics assessments, new test questions have been developed in partnership with numerous other states participating in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Michigan is a governing member of this consortium and currently has a representative serving as the executive committee co-chair.

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.

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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