Updates from the MDE
January 09, 2020
-- District-Level Plans for Assessment Windows, Read by Grade 3 Implementation, and Communicating Retention to Parents -- As prescribed in Michigan's Read by Grade 3 Law, this year’s Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) must be used to flag students who are eligible for retention. As we approach the spring assessment windows, there are actions that districts need to take to prepare for this requirement and to communicate with families. The law describes specific timelines and dates that districts and families must know and follow. To meet the deadlines, communication between districts and families is important. This memo provides important timeline reminders and communication resources for districts.
-- Assessment Window Changes for Spring 2020 -- After continued review of the law, the MDE has decided to make a small adjustment to the testing schedule to provide districts with more time to address the 30-day parental appeal window in the law. The second testing window, formerly scheduled to open on May 4th and close on May 29th, will now open on Monday, April 27th and close on Friday, May 22nd. This affects tested grades 3, 4, 6 and 7. Read the full memo