Curriculum and Assessment

What is Formative Assessment?

Formative assessment is a planned process in which assessment-elicited evidence of students’ status is used by teachers to adjust their ongoing instructional procedures or by students to adjust their current learning tactics.

Why use Formative Assessment?

  •  Contributes to student engagement
  • Creates a learning environment through instructional design that allows students to ask questions
  • Develops the teacher’s craft


  • To strengthen, support and integrate formative assessment practices in the classroom in order to improve teaching and learning.
  •  Increase the shared leadership for schoolwide formative assessment practices.
  •  Provide concrete instructional practices for educators to take back to the classroom.

Link and Resources for Educators

Building a Data Culture

Assisting schools and districts with collecting, compiling, analyzing, interpreting local, regional and state data

State Assessments

The State of Michigan’s assessment program is comprised of a series of standardized tests given in the spring of each school year.

Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)

This is the umbrella term for the general summative assessment given to students in Michigan.  English language arts and mathematics are assessed in grades 3-10, science in grades 4 & 7, and social studies in grades 5 & 8.

Michigan Merit Examination (MME)

This refers to the portion of the state summative assessment for students in grade 11.  It consists of a college entrance exam (SAT starting in 2015-16), a work skills assessment (WorkKeys), and the M-STEP summative tests in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Michigan's Alternative Assessment Program (MI-Access)

The state summative assessment for students with cognitive impairments. Participation in this assessment is determined by each student’s IEP (Individualized Educational Program) Team.

WIDA Access for ELLs

The state summative assessment for English Language learners. 

SAT Suite of Assessments

The SAT and PSAT assessments will become part of the state summative assessment program starting in 2015-16 at grades 9, 10, and 11.

Other Standardized Assessments


Steven Snead

Supervisor of Curriculum and Assessment

Debra Delowery

Project/Department Assistant

Diane Trawick

Project/Department Assistant

Jessica Walsh

Project/Department Assistant


  • Scanning
  • Online Surveys
  • Qualtrics information
  • Data Analysis online tools
  • Program Needs Assessment
  • Process Evaluation 
  • Outcome Evaluation
  • Evaluation Use
  • Data Management/Analysis


  • Planning for Program Evaluation (tools, URLs)
  • Survey Development  web-resources
  • ​Data ​​privacy ​