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Chamber Calls on State Leaders to Stay the Course with M-Step Assessment

Following the release of the statewide M-Step assessment results, the Detroit Regional Chamber is calling on state leaders to stay the course, with respect to standards and assessments, in order to better prepare students to meet the demands of the 21st century workforce. The results, released today, reveal only modest gains from the previous year.

“The M-Step results reflect an honest reckoning with where Michigan students stand with respect to mastering rigorous, real-world standards. Year-over-year results show a need to improve, but also why high standards and aligned assessments are critical to measuring Michigan against the states with which we compete,” said Greg Handel, vice president of education and talent for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Continuing to use this high-quality assessment will provide reliable information that can help improve classroom instruction, accelerate learning and help make Michigan a top 10 education state, Handel said.

The M-Step replaced the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) in 2015 and aligns with the demands of college-level learning while providing a better mechanism for measuring critical thinking skills. However, the Michigan Department of Education is considering replacing the test with a new measurement next year.

“Efforts to water down this assessment simply sends a message to businesses that Michigan isn’t serious about competing for jobs in the global economy,” Handel said. “Our focus should be on improving these results rather than changing the test itself.”

Support for improving accountability and student success in schools is among the Chamber’s top 10 legislative priorities for 2016 and was a key topic discussion at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference.