East China will be offering Segment I Driver Education again this summer. The cost for the class is $300. The classroom instruction will take place June19-22, June 26-29 and July 10-13. Driving will take place through the end of July. The week of July 3-7 is considered an MHSAA dead week, which means that coaches are not allowed to schedule anything this week so athletes will have a dedicated week off. Driving will take place this week for those non-athletes and those athletes not on vacation. If your student qualifies, which means he/she must be 14 years, 8 months of age by the first scheduled day of class, they can pick up a contract in the main office of their school. These contracts will be available the week of April 24.
M-Step testing will begin this week and run through the last week of May. This is the test that replaced the MEAP. The State Superintendent has released the following letter regarding the testing:
Beginning in mid-April, your school district will administer for the third year the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) to students in grades 3-8. Like last year, the M-STEP will be given online to nearly all students and will measure current student knowledge of MIchigan's high academic standards in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and social studies.
High school students in grades 9 and 10 will continue to take the PSAT to provide schools, students and parents valuable information on what students know in ELA and mathematics. It also helps students prepare for the SAT college entrance exam given to high school juniors as part of the Michigan Merit Examination (MME).
Students in grade 11 will take the MME, which consists of a free SAT that also measures student knowledge on Michigan's English language arts and mathematics standards, M-STEP science and social studies components, and a work skills assessment called WorkKeys.
MIchigan's assessment vision calls for the tests outlined above to remain in place during the 2017-18 school year. This vision, available at www.michigan.gov/essa is designed to promote the goal to become a Top 10 education state within 10 years. Michigan Department of Education staff are working to put that assessment vision into place for the 2018-19 school year.
We want your child's state assessment experience to be as relaxed and stress-free as possible. Your positive outlook and supportive manner going into these assessments also will influence your child's experience.
Remember, testing is a part of learning. State assessment results do not impact student grades. They are designed to provide information on student knowledge and ability in relation to state grade-level content standards that identify what educators and employers believe students need to know and be able to do to be career- and college-ready upon graduation. Schools and district use the results for curriculum planning and school improvement initiatives that benefit all students.
State assessment results also are the only measure universal to all Michigan students and provide an important snapshot of student achievement at a state, district, and building level. M-STEP testing time has been significantly reduced since its first year. Most students will spend no more than 4-8 hours total - less than 1% of instructional time-on 2017 state assessments.
We care deeply that students graduate ready to succeed in college or the workplace. State tests allow us to measure student progress in learning Michigan's high academic standards and assess how well schools are teaching these standards in classrooms across the state. While we support parents in making choices for their children, there is no allowable way in state or federal law to "opt out" of state assessments. Students who are not assessed will count against their schools' participation rate, leaving schools open to penalties.
The M-STEP web page at www.michigan.gov/mstep includes more helpful information for families. There, you will find Student Testing: What Parents Can Do to Help Prepare; and Michigan's Education Assessment System, What it is, What it Means and What it Offers (complete with our Spring 2017 testing schedule).
Michigan's Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments are short, online assessments that are fully aligned to Michigan's academic standards, and may be used by teachers as one measure of student growth.
These Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments (also referred to as the K-2’s) were developed in cooperation with Michigan educators beginning with item writing and continuing through field-test data review. The benchmark assessments currently offered by Michigan are for students in Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade, in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. These will subsequently be given to ECSD K-2 students within the month of May, 2017.
If there are any questions regarding these K-2 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmarks, please contact your child’s Principal. Thank you for all you do to support the East China School District, our students and our community.