MDE has also announced changes to the M-STEP and testing dates for the SAT, ACT and PSAT.

For the M-STEP, schools are being given a 3-week window for each grade in which they may conduct the tests.

Changes to the M-STEP this year come in part from suggestions made in a survey taken by 26,125 students, 5,794 parents, and 3,688 administrators.

Changes include:

  • MDE is planning to deliver the M-STEP in smaller portions over more days. Full details have not yet been released.
  • The 11th grade M-STEP will no longer have an English language arts and mathematics component. This reduces testing time up to 8 hours.
  • In grades 3–8, the M-STEP Performance Task portion of the English language arts assessment will only be administered once in elementary school (grade 5) and once in middle school (grade 8). This reduces testing time by 2.5 hours in 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th grades.
  • The PSAT will be offered for the first time in grades 9 and 10.


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