Welcome to the Division of Accountability Services

In June 2014, the Michigan Legislature required the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to develop a new test for spring 2015, creating a need to reduce a normal three-year test development process to nine months. The MDE worked to create a new assessment system called the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP.

M-STEP is a summative assessment and is administered to students in the following grades and subjects: English language arts and mathematics will be assessed in grades 3–8; science in grades 4, 7 and 11; and social studies in grades 5, 8 and 11.


The Michigan Merit Examination (MME) is the general assessment for students in grade 11. The MME includes: A free SAT with Essay which now serves as both a college entrance exam and the M-STEP English language arts and mathematics assessments; M-STEP science and M-STEP social studies components; and, the ACT WorkKeys.


Information on Michigan’s Assessments 

Accountability Information (See links in below table for specific accountability measures)

Michigan State Standards

Communications and Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability 

Complaint or Allegation of Assessment Misadministration

Additional Information

Below you will find direct links to state assessment and accountability information.


Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress includes our summative assessments designed to measure student growth effectively for today’s students. English language arts and mathematics will be assessed in grades 3–8, science in grades 4 and 7, and social studies in grades 5 and 8. It also includes the Michigan Merit Examination in 11th grade, which consists of the ACT Plus Writing, WorkKeys, and M-STEP summative in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.


Michigan's alternate assessment system, designed for students who have, or function as if they have, cognitive impairments whose IEP (Individualized Educational Program) Team has determined that General Assessments, even with accommodations, are not appropriate. The three MI-Access assessments are Functional Independence, Supported Independence, and Participation.


ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). W-APT stands for the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test. It is an English language proficiency "screener" test given to incoming students who may be designated as English language learners.


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

Accreditation for schools system based on student achievement and schools' self-assessment.

Assessment and Accountability Professional Learning Series is the home to various professional development and training resources regarding assessment and accountability 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.

Evaluation and Strategic Research topics and collaborative research partnerships supporting educational goals and priorities in the State of Michigan.

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

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

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."

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

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 School Rankings are Michigan's federally approved method of comparing public schools, based on achievement, improvement, and achievement gap.