Issue Background

Assessment

MASSP supports an assessment system that minimizes testing time, is relevant to students, and provides high quality data to inform instruction.

Ideally, Michigan's assessment system should consist of:

  • Grade 11: SAT
  • Grades 8-10: PSAT
  • Grades 3-7: A high quality interim assessment system.
  • A robust data portal
  • High quality training and supports for educators and students.

Michigan must have a high-quality assessment system that takes a reasonable amount of time to administer, is relevant to students, and provides all parties with quality, actionable data that can be used to inform instruction.

For years, our state assessment system was stable, but failed to meet the needs of educators. It was too cumbersome, provided no motivation for students, and results came too late and were of too poor quality to truly drive or inform instruction. Within the last few years, it has been in a state of upheaval.

As the legislature, Michigan Department of Education, Governor's office, and various stakeholders and interest groups inside and outside the education realm continue to debate the shape and future of assessment, MASSP is committed to a clear vision for state mandated assessment at the secondary level:

  • A college entrance exam in grade 11 (SAT).
  • A series of exams in other grades--as available-- that align to the 11th grade college entrance exam (PSAT in grades 8-10).
  • A robust data portal that empowers teachers and Principals to use their student data to inform instruction.
  • A high-quality set of supports and training for students and educators.
MASSP also supports the use of an assessment system in lower grades that relies on interim rather than summative measures. Provided this system is of sufficient quality that districts can rely on it rather than off-the-shelf products like NWEA or iReady, this type of system has the potential to significantly offset local district costs and reduce duplicative and unnecessary testing burdens.