Assessment Changes

New State Wide Assessments for ELA and Math


Over the past few decades, students in Grades 3-8 and at the high school level have taken the yearly Michigan Assessment (MEAP or MME) in each of the four content areas.  In the 2014-2015 school year, the ELA and Math MEAP test was replaced with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Assessments (SBAC). 


This is important to note, as the types of tests are VERY different from one another.  Below you will find some samples comparing MEAP and SBAC questions.  Have fun and explore the grade level assessment sample items with your child(ren).  You will quickly notice that the assessment types are VERY different.  The new assessments require thinking skills deeper than just the solving of a given math problem. 


The SBAC assessment is written to assess the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that we have begun to implement in classrooms across the district.  The new standards and the next-generation assessments will provide educators and parents a better understanding of a child’s progress toward being college- and career- ready.


General Information: 


Comparisons between MEAP and SBAC 


Math Claims:

Math Claims outline the assessment tasks based around four major areas.  The claims for K-12 Math are as follows and outline the big picture goal of each assessment.  Below each claim you will find a grade level sample to give you a better idea of what that type of problem may look like. 


Claim 1:  Concepts and Procedures: Students can explain and apply mathematical concepts and interpret and carry out mathematical procedures with precision and fluency.

Claim 2:  Problem Solving:  Students can solve a range of complex, well-posed problems in pure and applied mathematics, making productive use of knowledge and problem-solving strategies.

Claim 3:  Communicating Reasoning: Students can clearly and precisely construct viable arguments to support their own reasoning and to critique the reasoning of others.

Claim 4:  Modeling and Data Analysis: Students can analyze complex, real-world scenarios and can construct and use mathematical models to interpret and solve problems.  **These documents are multiple pages in length, so please check length before printing.