Several times per year OPS conducts national, state, and district assessments to monitor student growth and achievement. The purpose of these tools is to report a students understanding of the curriculum and to help teachers inform their instruction to determine if students are reaching their learning targets as set by the district. The information provided is a snapshot for parents on their child’s current academic level. With this information, you can help your child select “Just Right Books”, practice basic math facts, and most importantly stay connected to their learning growth as a student.
The perfect formula for your child’s Learning : Student + Teacher + Parent = Success!
Oakridge Public Schools complies with all state and federal requirements for annual testing of students.
Annual assessments include:
- M-STEP – grades 3-8, 11
- MI-Access – grades 3-8, 11 (Alternative assessments for students whose IEP teams have determined that it is not appropriate for them to participate in the state’s general education assessments)
- PSAT – grades 9 and 10 (spring) grade 11 (fall)
- SAT – grade 11 (spring)
- Workkeys – grade 11
- WIDA – kindergarten through grade 12 (English Learners only)
Can Students Opt Out of State Tests?
Michigan's State Superintendent Michael Rice issues a March 2022 memo addressing this topic. Specifically, he said, "While we support parents in making choices for their children, there is no acceptable way under state or federal law to allow an “opt-out” of state assessments. Last year, requirements for 95 percent participation in state assessments were waived by the U.S. Department of Education due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, this is no longer the case for 2022. Students who are not assessed this year will count against their school’s required 95 percent participation rate, which will create an incomplete picture of their school’s performance.
- Guides to Parent Reports
- Online Practice for M-STEP ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies – Provides an opportunity for families and students to familiarize themselves with the online M-STEP interface. (Available at selected times during the year)
MI-Access is Michigan's alternate assessment system and is designed for students who have, or function as if they have, significant cognitive impairments, and whose IEP (Individualized Education Program) Team has determined that General Assessments, even with accommodations, are not appropriate. MI-Access satisfies the federal requirement that all students with disabilities be assessed at the state level.
MI-Access is based on Michigan's alternate content expectations for English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
PSAT and SAT (College Board)
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) uses the SAT with Essay as one part of the Michigan Merit Examination. The state offers the PSAT 8/9 to eighth- and ninth-grade students, the PSAT 10 to sophomores, and the SAT to juniors during regular school hours for free.
State Assessment Results
If you are interested in learning more about the historical performance of Oakridge Public School’s students and graduates on state assessments, please visit the website: MISchoolData.org