Release of M-STEP Results Cause Concern for School Districts

“If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right. That includes getting the data back to us in a timely fashion.”

The state released M-STEP results Tuesday.

The latest round of tests show improvement in math, but reading scores are down.

With some Northern Michigan schools already started, and most others heading back to class next week, the timing of these results are a concern for districts.

Schools with lower scores are scrambling to adjust curriculum to address areas where they scored lower.

We spoke with Kingsley superintendent Keith Smith.

Although Kingsley’s scores were higher across the board when compared to previous years, he sees a problem with releasing the results so close to the start of the school year.

“Ideally you want that all done before the year starts, that’s when you want to plan for it and have very deliberate change, and the state is kind of forcing people to be reactionary with this late release. Which is unfortunate because it doesn’t have to be this way, the kids took this test back in May,” Smith said.

We asked the state department of education about the timing of results.

They say districts have access to their own results weeks before statewide results are announced.

They are now working to put a new testing system in place.