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. Students in grade 11 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-8 and selected high school students with test sessions in both fall and spring.  Some students also take the MAP assessment in the winter.

HVS utilizes External LinkFamily Access to share assessment results with parents. All M-STEP and MAP results are currently posted under "Test History".  

Additional Resources

The links below offer additional resources with information about assessment programs used in Huron Valley Schools.

PDF DocumentEducation Assessment: What is it, What it means, What it offers
PDF DocumentStudent Testing: What parents can do to help students prepare
PDF DocumentPTA Guide to State Assessments in Michigan
PDF DocumentMIAccess: Michigan's Alternate Assessment

 

MAP

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.

View the MAP Parent Toolkit External Link

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.

View the 2015 NWEA RIT Scale Norm Study External Link

M-STEP

What is M-STEP?

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 External Link

PSAT

PSAT 8 

The PSAT 8 is given to all HVS 8th grade students and beginning in 2018-19, will be a requirement for all 8th grade students in Michigan.  The test is broken into three parts: Reading, Writing & Language, and Mathematics. It is given in the spring of your child’s 8th grade year.  Although the PSAT 8 does not count towards any academic grades, it does establish a baseline measurement of a student’s college & career readiness as they enter high school, allow families and students to preview the SAT and connect to AP courses, and help students and teachers figure out what they need to work on most so that they’re ready for college or other postsecondary plans.  For more information on the PSAT 8, please click hereExternal Link.

 

PSAT9

The PSAT 9 is a requirement for all 9th grade students in Michigan.  The test is broken into three parts: Reading, Writing & Language, and Mathematics.  The testing date, mandated by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), is usually set in April of your child’s 9th grade year.  Although the PSAT 9 does not count towards any academic grades, it does continue to measure student’s college & career readiness as they progress through high school, allow families and students to preview the SAT and connect to AP courses, and help students and teachers figure out what they need to work on most so that they’re ready for college or other postsecondary plans.  For more information on the PSAT 9, please click hereExternal Link.

 

PSAT10

The PSAT 10 is a requirement for all 10th grade students in Michigan.  The test is made up of three parts: Reading, Writing & Language, and Mathematics.  The testing date, mandated by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), is usually set in April of your child’s 10th grade year.  Although the PSAT 10 does not count towards any academic grades, it does continue to measure student’s college & career readiness as they progress through high school, allow families and students to preview the SAT and connect to AP courses, and help students and teachers figure out what they need to work on most so that they’re ready for college or other postsecondary plans.  For more information on the PSAT 10, please click hereExternal Link.

MME / SAT

What is the MME?  

The Michigan Merit Exam (MME) is a state required test for all 11th grade students. The testing dates for each part of the exam are mandated by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and usually set in April of your child’s 11th grade year.The MME consists of three parts:

SAT

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is made up of Reading, Writing & Language, and Mathematic.  It also includes an essay requirement. This test is a free college entrance exam for all 11th grade students in Michigan. SAT is the nation’s most widely used college admission test and is aligned with Michigan’s academic standards. For more information on the SAT, please click here.

ACT WorkKeys

The ACT WorkKeys is a set of assessments designed tomeasure foundational and workplace skills required for success in the workplace and that can affect job performance. The ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is awarded to students who complete all of the three ACT WorkKeys assessments: Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents. The credential is awarded in four levels and verifies skills proficiency, such as applying information from workplace documents to solve problems, applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems and analyzing information presented graphically.  For students and parents/guardians interested in learning more about its uses, including verifying an NCRC certificate, please visit the ACT website External Link

M-STEP

The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) test is given in Science & Social Studies.  For more information on the M-STEP test, please click here.

All parts of the MME must be taken to fulfill federal, state, and district requirements. In addition, participation in the full Michigan Merit Exam is a Huron Valley Schools graduation requirement.