tests http://michiganradio.org en Educators developing "next generation" of tests for Michigan students http://michiganradio.org/post/educators-developing-next-generation-tests-michigan-students <p>Education professionals from around the country met in Louisiana this week to talk about the &ldquo;next generation&rdquo; of student assessment tests.</p><p>More than 30 states &ndash; including Michigan &ndash; are part the <a href="http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/beyond-bubble-tests-next-generation-assessments-secretary-arne-duncans-remarks-state-l">Smarter Balanced Assessment Coalition</a>, which received $176 million from the federal government to develop these new tests.</p><p>The online English and Math tests will be rolled out in 2014. The state will still use the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-22709_31168---,00.html"><em>Michigan Educational Assessment Program</em> (MEAP)</a> and <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-22709_35150---,00.html"><em>Michigan Merit Examination</em> (MME)</a> to test students in science and social studies, as well as students with cognitive disabilities.</p><p>Joseph Martineau is with the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde">Michigan Department of Education</a> and was the the <a href="http://www.ncme.org/index.cfm">National Council on Measurement in Education</a> conference in Louisiana.</p><p>He says the new tests will not just be &ldquo;end-of-year&rdquo; high stakes tests. He says there will also be &quot;interim assessments throughout the year so that people can track the progress of their students.&quot;</p><p>Martineau calls the tests &quot;game changers&quot; because of their focus on higher-order thinking skills:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Things like analyzing data or synthesizing something to create an argument, or doing a project that requires you to do some problem solving while you&rsquo;re doing the task. Things like that that are typically costly for us to create on a test.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The new tests will be for Michigan students in third through eighth grade, and eleventh grade.</p><p>Pilot testing will begin in 2012. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 19:33:10 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 2072 at http://michiganradio.org Educators developing "next generation" of tests for Michigan students