MI-Access Standard Setting 2017
Standard Setting for English Language Arts and Mathematics
In the Spring of 2016, the MI-Access assessment programs for English language arts (ELA) and Mathematics were re-aligned to measure the current alternate content standards in these areas. MI-Access measures the Essential Elements with Michigan Range of Complexity for ELA and mathematics. This change required that new standard setting take place for these content areas.
Standard setting is the methodology used to define levels of achievement or proficiency and the cut-scores corresponding to those levels. For MI-Access, this process helped to determine the cut scores that separate the reported performance levels of “Emerging Toward the Performance Standard”, “Attained the Performance Standard,” and “Surpassed the Performance Standard”.
In the summer of 2017, a standard setting process was completed for MI-Access ELA and mathematics. This process included over 140 educators from across the state of Michigan. The process involved the use of performance level descriptors (PLDs). Organized by reported performance levels (emerging, attained surpassed), the PLDs describe what a student at each level should be able to do relative to the content standards being measured. The PLDs used for the MI-Access standard setting process in 2017 are provided below.
Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs)