standardized testing en What do you want to see in a standardized state test for Michigan students? <p>Michigan students have been taking the same standardized test for decades. It’s known as the MEAP.</p><p>But this year the MEAP test will be completely re-done and students will take it in the spring instead of the fall. After next year, it’s not clear what test students will take.</p><p>The state was all set to switch over from the MEAP to a test called “Smarter Balanced.” But state lawmakers balked at the idea, because the test aligned to the controversial common core standards.</p><p>Lawmakers wanted the state to stick with the MEAP.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 18479 at What do you want to see in a standardized state test for Michigan students? Stateside for Monday, April 28, 2014 <p></p><p>Today on our show, legislators are still trying to decide which standardized test should be used to measure student growth in the classroom, which, in turn, determines the fate of Michigan teachers. Brian Smith, MLive's&nbsp;statewide education and courts reporter, joined us today.</p><p>We also check out the New Music Ensemble at Grand Valley State University. They're launching a new project called “Music In Our Parks.”</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:11:58 +0000 Stateside Staff 17383 at Stateside for Monday, April 28, 2014 An update on the future of standardized tests in Michigan <p></p><p>In 2011, state lawmakers passed a measure that was designed to toughen up Michigan's teacher evaluation system. The idea was that a teacher who repeatedly got poor evaluations could be fired.<br /><br />How do you measure a teacher's effectiveness?&nbsp;</p><p>One big way is to determine how much students learned and grew during the school year, and that is done through academic testing.&nbsp;</p><p>But, three years out, the Legislature hasn't managed to agree on how those evaluations should be conducted, or even which test should be used to measure student growth.</p><p>And, left twisting in the wind, are school administrators, principals, and teachers who are wondering which standardized test they're supposed to start giving this fall.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brian Smith joined us&nbsp;</span>to give an update on where things stand as this school year winds down. He's the statewide education and courts reporter for MLive.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:52:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 17380 at An update on the future of standardized tests in Michigan What can we expect from the Smarter Balanced Assessment? <p>How do you best measure the progress of students in Michigan's classrooms and, by extension, the effectiveness of their teachers?</p><p>It's one of the thorniest challenges being debated in Michigan education.</p><p>For years, the Michigan Education Assessment Program (<span style="line-height: 1.5;">MEAP) and the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) have been the assessment tools. Now, with the move to the Common Core Standards, it's out with the </span>MEAP<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and MME and in with the what?</span></p><p>Districts around Michigan are gearing up for an online adaptive assessment test in the spring of 2015.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Education says the state has only one option for testing students on the Common Core State Standards for the next three years.</p><p>And that option is the Smarter Balanced Assessment, the SBA.</p><p>But state lawmakers haven't made that official.</p><p>We wondered how districts&nbsp; are preparing for the SBA or whatever test they're told to administer next year.</p><p>William Heath is superintendent of the Morrice Area Schools and the principal at Morrice Junior and Senior High School located in Shiawassee County. He joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:52:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 16432 at What can we expect from the Smarter Balanced Assessment?