Students will take M-STEP despite pandemic

The Biden administration has rejected a request by state leaders to waive the requirement of standardized testing during a tumultuous year.

Students in Michigan’s K-12 schools will have to take the M-STEP standardized test this spring despite calls to waive the federal requirement due to the pandemic.

Last month, state Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice wrote to the Department of Education to request the requirement be set aside this year as it was last spring during the early days of the pandemic.

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“Without uniform testing conditions, adequate participation, and appropriate test security measures, summative assessment results will misrepresent achievement,” wrote Rice.

Federal education officials rejected that assertion, stating that testing is needed to assess students’ educational levels this year.

“To be successful once schools have reopened, we need to understand the impact COVID-19 has had on learning and identify what resources and supports students need,” read the letter.

Several school districts, including Kalamazoo’s, plan to continue remote classes through the end of the school year. It isn’t clear whether students will be allowed to take the M-STEP online in their own homes or whether they will be required to take it in person.

You can read more on Bridge Michigan.

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