Curriculum & Instruction

Testing Information

Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)
In the Spring of 2015, the M-STEP will replace the MEAP as Michigan’s state assessment.  Since testing will occur 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 and test windows for each grade level are listed below.
2015 M-STEP Schedule


Subjects Tested

Test Window

5th & 8th

English/Language Arts, Math & Social Studies


4th & 7th

English/Language Arts, Math & Science


3rd – 6th

English/Language Arts & Math



English/Language Arts, Math, Science, &
Social Studies


Please note, that Lake Shore students will be taking an online assessment.  Therefore, schools will schedule students to test within the test window listed above. 
The English/Language Art and Mathematics M-STEP for grades 3-8 includes the following components:

  • Technology Enhanced (TE) Questions – On the online tests, students may be asked to drag and drop, select text in a passage, select spots on a graphic, match between two lists, fill-in-the-blank, or select multiple answers to a test question.
  • Constructed Response (CR) – Students will be asked to produce a grade appropriate written response to some test questions to demonstrate a clearer understanding of the content standard being assessed.
  • Classroom Activity (CA) – There will be a teacher-led thirty minute scripted lesson that introduces students to the topic of the Performance Task (see below).  This component will not be scored, but will help students understand the theme being presented in the Performance Task. 
  • Performance Task (PT) – Students will be asked to answer more than one question related to a theme using one or more sources of information.  

Our high school students will not be participating in the Classroom Activity or Performance Task in the Spring of 2015. 
The results of these tests will be used by teachers, administrators, and the State of Michigan to determine whether students are meeting statewide performance standards.  Additional information can be found at:

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 student 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 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

NWEA Parent Toolkit

Michigan Parents' Guide to Assessments and Accountability - PTA

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