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Monday, September 12, 2011

New cut scores & content defined for MEAP and MME

New cut scores for the MEAP and MME
Tomorrow, Mike Flanagan, Michigan State Superintendent, will present the State Board of Education the new recommended cut scores for the MEAP and MME. Mike Flanagan will request that the Board approve the recommendations immediately. If approved, starting this school year, the fall MEAP and spring MME will utilize the new cut scores.
If you would like to, you can access the agenda for tomorrow's State Board meeting.

Content refined for the MEAP and MME

In June 2010, the State Board of Education adopted the Career and College Ready Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as the new standards for K-12 Mathematics and English Language Arts. Concurrently, Michigan signed on as a governing state with the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) which applied for and received federal funds to develop a series of formative, interim, and summative assessments based on the CCSS. The new summative assessments may replace the MEAP and MME in the spring of 2015.
Until full implementation of the SBAC system, only those items that align to both the GLCE-HSCE and the CCSS-M will be on the MEAP and the MME. We can be assured that items that were based on the GLCE and the HSCE, but do not align to the new standards, are no longer included in Michigan’s assessment programs. Care will be taken when building these assessments to assure students who are being taught the new standards will not be penalized on their MEAP or MME. Field testing of items based on the new CCSS standards will occur as was done with past future-core items when mathematics transitioned to the GLCE. These items will not count in scores. Reporting will be based on the current content expectations.
You can find out more by reading the memo released by Sally Vaughn, Ph.D.
Deputy Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer.

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