Welcome to the Assessment Resource Center (ARC)
Throughout the school year, Huron Valley Schools utilizes various grade specific assessments to measure student learning. For example, the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) is given in the spring to students in grades 3-8. Beginning in 2016, 11th grade students take the SAT exam in the spring. The computer-based adaptive Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), is administered to students in grades K-7 along with selected 8th grade and high school students in both fall and spring. Some students also take the MAP assessment in the winter.
HVS utilizes Family Access to share assessment results with parents. All M-STEP and MAP results are currently posted under "Test History".
What is MAP?
The Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP, is a computerized assessment exam that adapts to the student during the testing session. Simply put, if the student answers a question correctly, the exam offers up a more challenging item. If an incorrect answer is submitted, the exam offers an easier item. Using this method, MAP can focus in on a student's actual learning level allowing for individualized results.
The Northwest Evaluation Association, or NWEA, offers a Parent Toolkit that includes Frequently Asked Questions about the MAP exam.
What is the RIT Scale?
The RIT scale is a unit of measurement that directly relates to the student's level of learning. The scale is a consistent measurement, allowing the teacher and parent to see growth over time. After completing a MAP exam, the student is assigned a RIT range of numbers to show approximately where the student's level of learning is. This is useful for both the teacher and the parent to help individualize student learning.
In 2011, NWEA conducted a RIT Scale Norm Study which documents growth and status norms for beginning, middle, and end of year MAP exams. The study is based off of results from at least 20,000 students per grade level. The randomly selected results come from a larger pool of 5.1 million student records from all 50 states.
M-STEP replaces the 44-year-old MEAP test, which was not online and measured the previous state standards. More information can be found on the Michigan Department of Education's website.
What is M-STEP?
Students have been assessed using the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) for decades. These assessments were taken using paper and pencil and provided limited feedback to students. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) now has a new assessment system, the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP). This assessment program is online and provides faster results. More information on the M-STEP test can be found on the Michigan Department of Education's website.