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Student Assessment
 
At Baldwin Community Schools, students are assessed in a number of structured ways.
 
Elementary Level
 
 
What is the M-Step?
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. We have been working hard to accomplish this and are excited to announce our new assessment system called the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP.

The M-STEP will include 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 a college entrance exam, work skills assessment, and M-STEP summative assessments in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

  
DRA (Diagnostic Reading Assessment) - all grades
The term diagnostic reading assessment means an assessment that is - valid, reliable, and based on scientifically based reading research; and used for the purpose of identifying a child's specific areas of strengths and weaknesses so that the child has learned to read by the end of Grade 3; determining any difficulties that a child may have learning to read and the potential cause of such difficulties; and helping to determine possible reading intervention strategies and related special needs.

MLPP- Michigan Literacy Progress Profile (Primary grades)

The MLPP K-3 is an instructional system that provides one way teachers can document and explain what they know about a child's literacy learning and performance levels. The assessment tools, portfolio and individual student profile, along with instructional strategy guidance allows for a common language across classrooms and schools as a child progresses through early literacy experiences. The assessments that allow the teacher to dig deeper into what children understand about literacy and how they process text are: Phonemic Awareness, Concepts of Print, Known Words, Letter/Sound Identification, Hearing and Recording Sounds, Sight Word/Decodable Words Lists and the instruments that assess the milestone behaviors are: Writing, comprehension, Oral Language, Oral Reading, and Literacy Attitudes

MLPP 4-5 is an instructional system that allows teachers to look deeper into their practice and develop a better understanding of literacy strategies that increase student success, and assist students in taking responsibility for their own learning. MLPP 4-5 focuses on exemplary teaching and learning and the assessments that drive instructional practices in literacy development. Differentiation of instruction to meet the needs of all learners is a key element of the MLPP 4-5.  


Common Assessments - (K-6)


NWEA MAP-  Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) - These computerized tests are adaptive and offered in Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics. When taking a MAP® test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. In an optimal test, a student answers approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score
is an estimate of the student’s achievement level.

Parent Resources    NWEA Parent Toolkit


Words Their Way Spelling Inventory - (K-6)

Words Their Way (WTW) is an approach to spelling and word knowledge that is based
on extensive research literature and includes stages of development and instructional levels that are critical to the way students learn to read.  It compliments the use of phonics, spelling, and vocabulary instruction that are often used in schools.  Included in the WTW approach is a set of three inventories that assess student ability in key areas.  These three inventories include the Primary Spelling Inventory, the Elementary Spelling Inventory, and the Upper Level Spelling Inventory. 
 
Secondary Level
 
M-Step  - MDE's M-STEP webpage

NWEA MAP-  Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) - These computerized tests are adaptive and offered in Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics. When taking a MAP® test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. In an optimal test, a student answers approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score
is an estimate of the student's achievement level.

Parent Resources    NWEA Parent Toolkit


 
 
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