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Test changes coming for Michigan 8th-graders

Mar 20, 2019 by

Changes in state testing are coming for Michigan students this spring when eighth-graders forgo the M-STEP in two subjects for a test that state officials say is more aligned to the college entrance exam.

Starting this April, eighth graders will take the College Board’s PSAT 8/9 instead of the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress in math and English Language Arts.

The PSAT is a practice version of the SAT test that students take in 11th grade as part of the college admission process. Both eighth- and ninth-graders take the PSAT 8/9.

The College Board, which administers the test, says the PSAT 8/9 will help educators and students figure out what students need to work on in the skills that are considered essential for success in high school, college and a career.

Schools have been preparing for this shift for two years after the Legislature required Michigan’s eighth-grade math and ELA assessment use a test aligned to the college entrance exam, MDE spokesman Bill DiSessa said.

“The state is confident that the PSAT 8/9 is aligned to a range of Michigan’s rigorous standards, and that it will provide parents and educators with data that depicts a student’s trajectory toward career and college,” DiSessa said.

Source: Test changes coming for Michigan 8th-graders

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