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MEA: 'We can't depend on M-STEP scores for evaluations, rankings.

Apr 29, 2015

In a letter to Gov. Snyder this week, MEA recommended that test scores from the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) not be used to evaluate teachers, influence district rankings, or for any other purposes. In the two weeks of testing so far, MEA members are reporting problems with technology, the amount of time testing is taking away from classroom instruction, and the appropriateness of the test for each grade level being tested. 

"I'm hearing loud and clear from my members just some of the many problems associated with M-STEP. It's impossible to believe that this test could be an accurate measure of student growth. We can't use unreliable data to judge teachers and school districts," MEA President Cook said in a news release.

M-STEP replaced the 44-year old MEAP this year after the Legislature denied funding for the Smarter Balanced assessments which corresponded to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). M-STEP was only to be used for one year, but the state recently awarded a three-year contract to Data Recognition Corporation and Measurement, Inc., the two vendors that currently administer the M-STEP.