The Okemos Public Schools believes in the use of multiple assessments, both formative and summative, to measure academic growth and development. Classroom, screening, and State assessments are utilized in a Multi-Tiered System of Support to improve instructional practices, monitor and plan for student strengths and needs, and to ensure curricula with deep cognitive demands that meet or exceed state expectations.
State of Michigan assessments include:
- M-STEP – Grades 3-8, 11
- MI-Access – Grades 3-8, 11 (Identified special education students only)
- SAT – Grade 11
- Workkeys – Grade 11
- WIDA – Kindergarten through Grade 12 (English Language Learners only)
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) provides families with information and resources information on State testing. Links to commonly sought information are below to help in your understanding of these assessments (all links will open in a new window).
- M-STEP Results 2017 (PDF)
- How to Read Your Child’s Score Report for Grades 3-8 (PDF)
- How to Read Your Child’s Score Report for Grade 11 (PDF)
- M-STEP: What it is, What it means – and What it Offers Presentation (PDF)
- M-STEP: What it is, What it means – and What it Offers, available in multiple languages (PDF)
- Online Practice for M-STEP ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies – (Available at selected times during the year)
Third Grade Reading Law
Third Grade Reading Law - A Parent Guide to Public Act 306
Third Grade Reading Law Overview
Read at Home PLan
Parents' Read-At-Home Tools for Student Success
Pre-K Literacy Essentials Instructional Practices
Grades K-3 Essential Instructional Practices
Grades 4-5 Essential Instructional Practices
Retention Research Summary
Parent Exception Letter to Superintendent
MI-Access: Michigan's Alternate Assessment
If you are interested in learning more about the historical performance of the Okemos Public Schools on State assessments, please visit the website: MISchoolData.org
FastBridge: Universal Screening/Progress Monitoring Assessment
The Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST) is a cloud based educational assessment system developed through the US Department of Education, the University of Minnesota, and research by Drs. Christ and Borbora.
The Okemos Public Schools utilizes FAST assessments to universally screen students three times a school year- in the fall, winter and spring across grades K-8. In addition, FAST assessments may be used to progress monitor students who require more intensive supports at school.
If you are interested in learning more about FastBridge assessments, please visit their links below (all links will open in a new window).