Testing Information

Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress 
In the Spring of 2015, the M-STEP replaced the MEAP as Michigan’s state assessment. Since testing occurs in the spring, students will be tested on content learned in the current school year. Lake Shore students will take an online version of the M-STEP.

The content for each grade level is listed below:


Subjects Tested

3rd & 6th

English/Language Arts & Math

4th & 7th

English/Language Arts, Math, & Science

5th & 8th

English/Language Arts, Math, & Social Studies


Science & Social Studies

The M-STEP summative test for grades 3-8 include:

  • Computer-adaptive (CAT) assessment: grades 3-8 ELA & Math
  • Performance Task (PT) – Students will be asked to answer more than one question related to a theme using one or more sources of information: grades 5 & 8 ELA and grades 3-8 Math
  • Fixed-form online assessment: grades 4 & 7 Science and grades 5 & 8 Social Studies

PSAT in grades 9 and 10:

  • PSAT 8/9 for grade 9: paper/pencil assessment
  • PSAT 10 for grade 10: paper/pencil assessment

MME in grade 11 includes:

  • The SAT, with Essay: paper/pencil assessment
  • The ACT WorkKeys: paper/pencil assessment
  • M-STEP Science: fixed-form online assessment
  • M-STEP Social Studies: fixed-form online assessment

NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

In the Fall of 2013, Lake Shore Public Schools implemented NWEA testing. Students in grades 2-9 took the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), while students in kindergarten and first grade took MAP for Primary Grades. All students were assessed in Reading, Language Usage and Mathematics. The NWEA tests will be administered three times each year and will replace a variety of other assessments, providing us with a consistent measurement of students’ progress through the grades.

Both the NWEA MAP and MAP for Primary Grades are online assessments using computer adaptive technology. This means that the test is individualized for each student. If a student is answering questions quickly and correctly, the computer presents more difficult questions. If a student is responding incorrectly, the computer will adjust and present easier questions. These adjustments are made as the student is testing. In addition, the computer tracks each student’s performance and begins the next test session where the student left off. This allows us to zero in on each student’s level of performance more quickly and accurately than with a traditional paper pencil test.

In addition to other useful information, MAP testing provides a Lexile score for each student. Parents can enter their child’s Lexile score at www.lexile.com to receive a list of popular books written at their child’s instructional reading level.

Additional information about NWEA MAP testing may be found at www.nwea.org

NWEA Parent Toolkit

Michigan Parents' Guide to Assessments and Accountability - PTA