MEAP: Michigan Educational Assessment Program
About Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP Test)
The Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) is a standards-based test that measures how well Michigan students in 3rd grade through 9th grade are achieving the state’s grade-level expectations. The MEAP, which is administered in the fall, tests students in third grade through eighth grade in reading, writing, English language arts and math. Students in 5th grade and 8th grade also take a science test, while students in 6th grade and 9th grade take a social studies test.
For each of the subject areas tested, students are rated at one of the following four levels:
Level 1: Advanced (exceeded standards)
Level 2: Proficient (met standards)
Level 3: Partially proficient (basic)
Level 4: Not proficient (apprentice)
Ideally, all students should score at or above level 2. MEAP scores have important consequences for Michigan schools. If a school reports poor MEAP scores, they could be penalized by the state. But if they report high MEAP scores, they could receive financial rewards from the state.
Other Michigan Standardized Tests
Students in Michigan will also take the Michigan Merit Examination (MME), which is a state standards-based test combined with the ACT college entrance exam and an ACT WorkKeys assessment. Each spring, 11th grade students take the MME, which includes tests in the subjects of reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The ACT test measures students’ knowledge in math, science, reading, writing and English to determine if they are prepared for college. The ACT WorkKeys assessment determines if students are job-ready by testing their reading for information skills and applied mathematics skills.
MEAP and MME test scores are not a requirement for promotion or graduation. However, if students score high enough on the MME, they can qualify for a college scholarship through the Michigan Merit Award.
Since 2002, EducationYes! has been Michigan’s school accreditation program. Three factors influence the grade a school is assigned:
- MEAP scores (for elementary and middle schools) and MME scores (for high schools), which measure achievement status and change
- A school’s self-rating on the Indicators of School Performance
Schools can receive a grade of A, B, C, D-Alert or Unaccredited. However, the EducationYes! program is scheduled to expire at the end of September 2009 and be replaced by the Michigan School Accreditation System (MI-SAS).
For more information about Michigan’s standardized tests, visit Michigan Department of Education Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability.
Preparing for the MEAP and MME Tests
For general tips on test preparation, please visit our standardized test overview page. The real preparation for MEAP tests, and all standardized tests that assess a wide range of fundamental skills, is to steadily build and master skills in math, reading and writing fundamentals.
Parents can help students succeed in school by making a special effort to get involved in their children’s education. You should ensure your children are doing their homework every night and reading and writing on a daily basis. In addition, families can hire tutors or use online learning programs such as Time4Learning and Time4Writing to supplement their children’s schoolwork and help to build fundamental skills.
To help your children prepare for state standardized tests such as Michigan’s MEAP and MME tests, you can enroll your children in a test prep program or buy books to help them become familiar with test formats and terminology, to learn test-taking strategies (when to guess, when not to), to become comfortable with time restrictions, and to practice answering different types of questions.
For instance, when a reading passage is followed by comprehension questions, many test prep programs teach students to scan the questions prior to reading the passage so that they can pay special attention to the areas addressed by questions.
Most states release copies of tests or sample test questions from previous years. Parents can use these released test questions as resources to help students practice test skills and students can spend the majority of their time reviewing the key concepts within the sample test questions.
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