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The West Bloomfield School District values the use of multiple data sources to understand our students performance and growth. West Bloomfield makes use of state mandated assessments as a complement to classroom based summative and formative assessments tools. West Bloomfield works to develop a comprehensive balanced assessment system.



Michigan’s state-wide assessment program is the M-STEP which stands for the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress.  The M-STEP assesses Michigan Standards for English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies in Grades 3-8 and Science and Social Studies in Grade 11. 

The M-STEP tests the following grades and content areas:

  • English Language Arts and Mathematics at Grades 3-8
  • Science at Grades 4, 7 and 11
  • Social Studies at Grades 5, 8 and 11

The ELA and Math M-STEP assessments, given in grades 3-8, have three components: a Computer Adaptive Test, a Classroom Activity, and a Performance Task.  Each piece is described briefly below.

  • The Computer Adaptive Test includes multiple choice, technology enhanced, and short-constructed response test items.
  • The Classroom Activity* is simply a short scripted-lesson, performed in the classroom setting, that prepares students for the Performance Task.  It supports students with the necessary context and vocabulary needed for the Performance Task.
  • The Performance Task* is a larger multi-part task that involves both short and longer constructed response pieces.

All grades experience the Computer Adaptive Test during the ELA and Math M-STEP assessment. The Math Performance and Classroom Activity are administered at grades 3-8, while the ELA Performance Task and Classroom Activity are administered at grades 5 and 7 only.  

The design of these assessments moves beyond traditional multiple choice questions in order to assess content more deeply and strategically. To see inside these assessments the state has provided the following:

  • Preview Test: The Preview test reflects what the on-line system will look like and provides a small set of sample Math and ELA questions from across the grade levels
  • Grade Level Tests: The sample Grade Level Tests are full assessments by grade for ELA and Math. These assessments include a sample look at questions that can be found on the Computer Adaptive Test and the Performance Task.

You can access these resources, using the Chrome browser only, at

The Science and Social Studies M-STEP assessments include traditional multiple choice questions similar to the MEAP.

Michigan Merit Exam

The MME assesses students in grade 11 (and eligible students in grade 12) based on Michigan State Standards for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  The MME includes the use of 3 assessment tools:  SAT with Essay, ACT Work Keys, and M-STEP.  

The SAT with Essay is a college admission test adopted by the State of Michigan as its required College and Career Ready assessment for 11th graders. The SAT with Essay has 4 parts: Reading, Writing and Language, Math, and the SAT Essay. The SAT with Essay is used to assess students in areas of ELA and Mathematics that are critical and predictive of success in college courses. A more detailed look inside the SAT can be found at

The ACT Work Keys is a work skills test adopted by the State of Michigan as its required Work Skills Assessment for 11th graders. The ACT Work Keys assesses students in the following areas: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information.

The M-STEP is the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress and is used to assess Science and Social Studies in the 11th grade.

Preliminary SAT

The PSAT is the preliminary SAT test that students in the grade 9 and 10 are required to take by the State of Michigan to assess ELA and Mathematics. The PSAT is a part of the College Boards' Suite of Assessments for assessing College and Career Readiness. The PSAT 8/9 test, that be given to 9th graders, is designed to provide baseline performance information.  The PSAT for 10th graders is called the PSAT 10 test. This assessment will provide a check-in on a student's progress towards their preparedness for the SAT with Essay which is given in the 11th grade as part of the states' Michigan Merit Exam. A more detailed look into these two assessments can be found at:

The PSAT/NMSQT is an optional assessment for 11th graders in the fall who would like to quality for the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The PSAT/NMSQT is the same assessment as the PSAT 10, but is given at specific time in the fall (October) as part of this unique scholarship opportunity. For more information about the PSAT/NMSQT you can go to the following resources:

  • National Merit: 


MI-Access is Michigan’s alternate assessment program taken by students in grades 3-9 and grade 11 with significant disabilities when IEP teams determine that M-STEP, even with accommodations, is not appropriate. There are three types of MI-Access assessments to help meet students needs: MI- Access Functional Independence, MI-Access Supportive Independence (SI) and MI-Access Participatory(P).  MI-Access FI assesses ELA (Accessing Print and Expressing Ideas), Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies in grades 3-8 and Grade 11. MI-Access SI and P assesses, ELA, Math, and Science. Social studies is assessed using a locally constructed assess for students that quality for MI-Access SI and P. This assessment is given in grades 3-8 and Grade 11.

World-class Instructional Design and Assessment

New students to the district who speak a second language are given the WIDA- APT screener to assess their English proficiency. For students who become eligible for English Language Learner services, students are given the WIDA-Access each winter/spring. WIDA- ACCESS assesses students in the following areas: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, and Comprehension and is aligned to the Michigan's Standards for English Language Arts. This assessment allows our English as a Second Language teachers and support staff to develop individualized instructional plans for students.

National Assessment of Educational Progress

The NAEP is a representative sample of schools selected each year for federally-sponsored and reported national assessment results. Students in grades 4, 8, and 12 take tests in math, reading and science. Schools are selected to test by NAEP and the West Bloomfield Schools that are included in this assessment vary.

Advanced Placement Assessments

District Common Assessments

Summative assessment of learning

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction, in collaboration with classroom teachers, has developed, and/or continues to develop, assessments across all content areas and grade levels for use by all district teachers. These assessments are used to track student growth. Teachers use the results to adjust their instruction as needed, which may involve a change of pace, interventions or enrichments. Results are discussed within professional learning communities (grade level or content area teachers) to identify gaps in teaching and learning. These tests might be chapter tests, unit tests or quarterly tests.

Checking for Understanding

Formative assessment for learning

These are on-going strategies teachers use before, during, and after instruction to assess student progress and to adjust instruction accordingly. Some examples: lesson pretest, short quiz, quick write, response with slate board, observation checklist, etc.