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Standardized Assessments at P-CCS

Every year, P-CCS students participate in a variety of standardized assessments. The information collected from these assessments help administrators and teachers understand student proficiency and growth, evaluate progress on school improvement goals, and plan for instruction. Parents can learn more about assessment in Michigan by exploring these resources:

Below is a short description of each assessment with links to additional information.

M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress): a suite of assessments designed to measure student growth and proficiency. English language arts and mathematics will be assessed in grades 3–7, science in grades 5, 8 and 11 and social studies in grades 5, 8 and 11. 8th grade students will be assessed in reading and math using the PSAT 8/9 for the 2018-19 school year.

MI-Access is 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.

MME and High School Assessments
The Michigan Merit Examination (MME) assesses students in grade 11 and eligible students in grade 12 based on Michigan high school standards. It is administered each spring, and consists of three components that include the College Board SAT, ACT Workkeys job skills assessment and the M-STEP science and social studies.The PSAT 8/9 is given to students in grade 9 and the PSAT 10 is given to grade 10 students.

WIDA ACCESS for ELLs is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs).

NAEP: The state of Michigan participates in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), otherwise known as the Nation's Report Card which informs the public about the academic achievement of elementary and secondary students in the United States. Frequently, a few district schools are selected to participate in NAEP testing. This Frequently Asked Questions Guide will provide you with some basic information about how NAEP works.

NWEA MAP Growth: Students in grades K-8 are assessed in reading and math multiple times each year to help teachers gain a deeper understanding of student achievement and growth. The information is used to inform instruction for students. Explore the Parent Toolkit to learn more about the NWEA MAP Growth assessments.