The Topic: M-Step Scheduling…
Have you sharpened your pencil and put lead to paper to draft your M-Step testing schedule yet? Middle Schools and High Schools around the State are trying to figure out how to manage a number of factors as they consider how to make testing work for kids. As you start this process, let's chat about concerns, things to consider and how you plan to get it done.
According to an article published this morning by MIRS, a Lansing-based news service, ACT has challenged the State and its bid award to SAT. Higher dollar bids such as this are often challenged and the Department of Technology, Management and Budget has a formal process to follow when answering ACT's request. Please see the article below for more information.
The following article was published in MIRS Capitol Capsule on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.
ACT Protests State's Selection Of SAT For Testing Contract
Not only is Michigan switching from ACT to SAT in 2016, the SAT itself is getting a huge overhaul. Out goes the 2400-point scale, the surfeit of esoteric vocabulary, and the penalty for wrong answers that discouraged guessing.
Over the last several days MASSP has been compiling a list of the questions we've been receiving from the field and doing our best to find answers to all of them. Depending on the question, we have had mixed results. What follows is the first round of what will be an ongoing dialogue over the weeks and months to come. MASSP is committed to getting information out to the field in a timely manner so that you can plan ahead and be prepared to help your students and staff cope with the transition.
Wow. You may still be reeling from the MDE memo on Wednesday informing us of the switch from ACT to SAT. Personally, my emotions have been up and down since learning the news. We’ve had so much change in the last few years: the huge change in our evaluation system caused by 380.1249, the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, the ongoing changes in the Michigan Merit Curriculum, the move from the Michigan Merit Exam to the M-Step…and I’m sure I’m missing others! The one constant was the ACT – and now that will be leaving us in 2016.