M-Step:  Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress
The M-STEP is test given primarily online each spring and is designed to gauge how well students master state standards. These standards, developed for educators by educators, broadly outline what students should know and be able to do in order to be prepared to enter the workplace, career education training, and college.

M-STEP results, when combined with classroom work, report cards, local district assessments and other tools, offer a comprehensive view of student progress and achievement.

Parent Guide To State Testing Link:  http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/PTA_MI_8PG_29DEC13_FINAL_WEB_498700_7.pdf

Tips On How Parents Can Support Their Student With State Testing: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Student_Testing-What_Parents_Can_Do_to_Help_Students_Prepare_3.17.17_jl_555039_7.pdf

How To Read Your Student's M-Step Score Report: 

CogAT:  Cognitive Abilities Test

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test (NRT).

The CogAT measures reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Reasoning skills develop gradually throughout a person’s lifetime and at different rates for different individuals. Reasoning abilities are good predictors of success in school and are important outcomes of good schooling. CogAT does not measure such factors as effort, attention, motivation, and work habits, which also contribute importantly to school achievement.

Students take the CogAT typically during the first week of December in both 8th and 6th grade. 

Frequently Asked Questions About CogAT:  http://www.cobbk12.org/addison/CogAT_Dec2010.pdf

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