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Changes possibly underway for student testing in Michigan

School Room

The State Board of Education is working on a plan to update school testing in Michigan.

The plan is part of Michigan’s quest to be a Top 10 education state in 10 years.

The new assessment goes beyond what is tested on the M-STEP. It tests students’ abilities to be critical thinkers, problem solve, and communicate ideas, among other skills.

Vanessa Keesler  is the state Deputy Superintendent.

“We can’t be a top 10 education state in 10 years if we don’t have real information about our progress and commitment to high standards for our students. So this is part of that whole process.”

Teachers would give the assessment more than once a year, while students would take the M-STEP once in elementary school and once in middle school.