Each year, Warren Consolidated Schools (WCS) reviews its policies and practices to consider ways to improve and enhance student achievement. This process, commonly referred to as the school improvement process, is deeply embedded in building, district and state planning and accountability systems, and has become an integral and necessary part of school and system reform. While this type of planning has existed for many years, recent state and federal mandates including annual testing directives and increased accountability have intensified the importance of this process and its outcomes.
Since the passage of Public Act 25 in 1990, Michigan schools and districts have been required to develop 3-5 year school improvement plans. Schools and districts use these plans as a blueprint to establish goals and objectives that will guide teaching for learning, resource allocation, staff development, data management and assessment. They also use it to measure their ability to meet the goals and objectives established in the plan.
Recently, the WCS Board of Education supported the recommendation of the Office of Curriculum and Instruction (OCI) and approved the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress - MAP as a means for our schools and the district to measure student growth on an annual basis. The data provided by the Iowa Assessment, in concert with the State of Michigan Assessment Program (M-STEP) and the Michigan Merit Examination (MME), will allow our schools and the district to implement multi-tier systems of support for all students.
All students in Grade 1-9 will take the MAP Assessments in September/October and March.
The MAP Assessments have been designed, developed, and researched to support a variety of important educational purposes. These purposes require the collection and use of information that describes either the individual student or groups of students.
Identifying the testing purposes that are most important to your school or district will provide focus and help you determine how best to interpret test results. The following examples of appropriate uses of results from the Iowa Assessments show how the tests can support a broad range of educational decisions.
- Identify strengths and weaknesses - Make relative comparisons by content area of student performance for both groups and individuals.
- Inform instruction - Make student-centric decisions about personalized instruction.
- Monitor growth - Measure change in student performance over time, both at the group and individual level, with a valid and reliable scale.
- Determine college readiness - Compare student achievement levels to established benchmarks, tracking academic preparedness.
- Measure mastery of core standards - Determine the degree to which students have mastered core learning standards, such as Common Core State Standards.
- Implement Response to Intervention (RTI) - Identify students who may benefit from intensive, systematic learning interventions.
- Inform placement decisions - Place students into appropriate groups, levels, and programs.
- Make comparisons - Compare student performance to that of local, state, and national groups according to research-based evidence.
- Evaluate programs - Guide administrative evaluation of the effectiveness of instructional programs, professional development, and curriculum.
- Predict future performance - Apply current assessment results to project student performance on future assessments and adjust programs accordingly.
- Support accountability - Provide reliable and valid data to support district and state reporting requirements.
The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) replaced the MEAP test in the of spring of 2015. The M-STEP includes the summative assessments designed by the MDE to effectively measure student growth 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. The M-STEP also includes the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) in 11th grade which consists of the ACT Plus Writing, WorkKeys, and M-STEP summative in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The ELA and mathematics tests are comprised of Smarter Balanced content plus Michigan developed field-test items that will include a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT), a Classroom Activity, and a Performance Task. The science and social studies tests are comprised of Michigan developed online, fixed-form, multiple-choice based items.
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