Dear Parents and/or Guardians,

As you may recall, this past spring students in grades 3, 4 and 5 across the state again took Michigan’s statewide online assessment, the M-STEP exam.  The M-STEP is a 21st Century online test given for the first time in the Spring of 2015. It is designed to gauge how well students are mastering state standards. In 2018, all third, fourth, and fifth graders took the ELA (English Language Arts) and Math Assessments. Fifth graders also took the Social Studies and Science assessments. For 2018, the state of Michigan is withholding Science scores as a new “Next Generation” science standards are in the process of being implemented statewide. Below, you will see a line graph tracking how our students have performed each of the past four years. In 2015, we scored in the 47th percentile. That means we outperformed 47% of Michigan public schools taking the M-STEP. From 2015 to 2018 you will see that we have made tremendous strides, currently outperforming 69% of public schools in Michigan. That’s a 22% increase in just 3 years! This means that we currently outperform approximately 7 out of 10 schools statewide. KUDOS TO JAGUAR COUNTRY!

Below is another chart that allows you to follow grade level cohorts as they move from one year to the next.  It’s important to recognize that each year we start fresh with a new group of students. For this reason, it makes good sense to follow cohorts (grade level groups) from one year to the next, allowing you to better see continued growth over time which is and should be the goal for each and every student. To help summarize the graph, “Points of Pride” have also been included.

M-STEP 2018

(All scores represent % at or above proficiency)

Points of Pride:

The 4th grade cohort led the district in ELA and was tied for 2nd in the district in Math

  • The 3rd grade cohort (moving to 4th grade) improved 3% in ELA
  • The 4 th grade cohort (moving to 5th grade) improved 9% in ELA but dipped slightly (1%) in Math, still scoring 10.7% above state averages
  • Johnson is above the state averages in all areas except Social Studies

These impressive levels of growth do not happen without the work of the whole. Every teacher, student, parent and staff member plays a critical role in getting our Jaguars to where they are. Moreover, we recognize the importance and need for continued growth – specifically in Math (be on the lookout for the “Mathlete of the Month” challenge coming in October). Through the intentional and deliberate integration of best instructional practice, layered interventions (Tiers 1, 2, and 3) and the ongoing implementation of goal setting and character education through the “Leader in Me,” we know that continued growth will follow. It’s always a great time to be a Jaguar!


With Jaguar Pride,

 Josh Gignac

Principal, Johnson Elementary