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Title: Michigan Merit Examination


1
  • Michigan Merit Examination -
  • Plans and Prospects
  • Edward Roeber, Mike Radke Jim Griffiths, MDE
  • Diane Walters John Nelson, ACT

2
Current MEAP High School Test
  • Spring testing (March-April, 2006)
  • Fall retesting (late October-early November,
    2006)
  • English Language Arts (Reading and Writing),
    Mathematics, Science count for the Merit Award
  • Social Studies also assessed but does not count
    for the Merit Award

3
Current Program
  • Grade 10
  • Students take the MEAP High School Assessment to
    qualify for dual enrollment (assessment in fall
    or spring)
  • Grade 11
  • Students take the MEAP High School Assessment to
    qualify for dual enrollment (in the fall) and the
    Merit Award
  • All students take the MEAP in the spring (if they
    have not already passed the MEAP)
  • Grade 12
  • Students take the MEAP in the fall or spring to
    qualify for the Merit Award

4
Current Program
  • Merit Award 2,500 for passing the English
    language arts tests (readiang and writing),
    mathematics and science at the high school level
  • Merit Award 500 for passing the same subjects
    in grade 7 and 8 (each is assessed in each of
    these two grades)
  • The Merit Award program may change
  • Please contact the Michigan Department of
    Treasury with ALL Michigan Merit Award questions
  • www.michigan.gov/meritaward or 1-888-4-GRANTS

5
MME Legislation
  • PA 592 of 2004 - MME inserted into Career and
    Technical Preparation Act
  • PA 593 of 2004 - Replaces high school MEAP with
    MME in School Aid Act
  • PA 594 of 2004 - Replaces high school MEAP with
    MME in Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act
  • PA 595 of 2004 - Replaces high school MEAP with
    MME for determining Merit Award Scholarships
  • PA 596 of 2004 - Replaces the high school MEAP
    with MME in the School Code

6
Steps Used to Implement MME
  • Visited potential vendors to share/obtain ideas
  • Competitively bid the MME program
  • Reviewed the bids
  • Selected new contractor(s) - Pearson/ACT
  • Determined the content of each MME test
  • Conducted statistical alignment study (pilot
    test)

7
Spring 2006 Pilot High Schools
8
Steps Needed to Implement MME
  • Conduct additional content alignment studies
    needed
  • Set cut scores on MME and MEAP Grade 11, to be
    used for the Merit Award and NCLB AYP
  • Prepare revisions to the NCLB Accountability
    Workbook
  • Establish PLAN and PSAT cut scores for dual
    enrollment purposes

9
Steps Needed to Implement MME
  • Submit application for approval to U.S.
    Department of Education by July 1, 2006
  • November 1 is the drop-dead date for the MME
    versus MEAP HST decision for Spring 2007
  • Receive approval from USED prior to drop-dead
    date OR continue MEAP High School Assessment (if
    approval is not received by that date)
  • Implement the MME in grade 11 in the 2006-07
    school year maintain MEAP HST for Grade 12 only

10
MME Assessment Design
  • Grade 10 College entrance readiness test (PLAN
    and PSAT - local school/student choice)
  • Grades 11 and 12 Michigan Merit Examination
  • English Language Arts - ACT Reading, Writing, and
    English WorkKeys Reading for Information
    Michigan Social Studies constructed response item
  • Mathematics - ACT Mathematics items from ACT
    Science WorkKeys Applied Mathematics Michigan
    items
  • Science - ACT Science Michigan items
  • Social Studies - Michigan items

11
Michigan Merit Examination Components and Score
Contributions
12
MME Assessment Administration (Spring 2007)
  • Grades 11 and 12 - Spring Administration
  • March 13 - ACT Plus Writing
  • March 14 WorkKeys, Reading Michigan
    Mathematics
  • March 14-21 - Michigan Science and Social Studies
  • March 27 - Makeup ACT Plus Writing
  • March 28 - Makeup WorkKeys Michigan Mathematics
  • March 28-April 4 Makeup Michigan Science and
    Social Studies

13
MME Assessment Administration (Fall 2007)
  • Grades 11 and 12 - Fall Administration
  • Saturday, October 27, 2007 (ACT National Test
    Date) - ACT Plus Writing
  • Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - WorkKeys Michigan
    Math
  • October 30 -November 6 - Michigan Science and
    Social Studies

14
Future Administration Dates
15
MME Test Center Establishment
  • Review several key documents (Spring 2006)
  • Standard Testing Requirements
  • School Schedule and Site Options for
    Administration of the 2007 Michigan Merit
    Examination
  • Summary of Test Administration Policies
  • Qualifications and Responsibilities for Test
    Supervisors and Back-up Test Supervisors
  • Qualifications for Test Accommodations
    Coordinators
  • Consider staffing requirements and decide
    possible staff to fill these positions
  • Plan for testing rooms/facilities

16
MME Test Center Establishment (Fall 2006)
17
MME Test Center Establishment (Fall 2006)
18
Assessment Sites
  • Preferred site is in a quiet wing of the high
    school
  • School in session for all students, or
  • School for juniors only
  • Off-site administration
  • Community College
  • ISD/RESA
  • Other public facility
  • Church
  • Other private facility
  • Each site must be approved by ACT

19
Assessment Facilities
  • Choice of testing rooms for standard time
    administration
  • Uncrowded seating prefer classrooms with 25-30
    examinees
  • Manageable security prefer no more than 100
    examinees in one room (if more than 100, see
    personnel requirements)
  • Good lighting, comfortable temperature, quiet
    atmosphere

20
Assessment Facilities
  • Adequate writing surfaces
  • No lapboards permitted temporary surfaces
    resting on chair arms or back of chair in front
    must be reviewed and approved by ACT
  • Must accommodate both test booklet and answer
    document

21
Assessment Facilities
  • Seating arrangements (Applies Equally to Desks
    and Tables)
  • Seats must be assigned by testing staff as
    students enter room
  • Minimum of 3 feet apart side-to-side (measured
    shoulder-to-shoulder)
  • Minimum of 3 feet apart front-to-back (measured
    head-to-head)
  • All students must face the same direction,
    directly behind one another

22
Assessment Facilities
  • Freedom from distractions
  • No one not involved in testing may be in the room
  • Uninterrupted testing period required for all
    days of testing
  • No unnecessary noises (bells, public address
    systems, etc. must be turned off)
  • Testing rooms must be separated from regular
    school activities

23
Assessment Personnel
  • Required number of qualified assistants per room
  • 1 room supervisor required for each room,
  • Plus 1 proctor for every 25 examinees in the room
    after the first 25 (i.e., 26-50 1
  • 51-75 2 76-100 3)
  • Testing staff may not be
  • Involved in test preparation outside of normal
    teaching responsibilities
  • Enrolled in high school

24
Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
  • Test (and Back-up) Test Supervisors have access
    to secure test materials prior to testing.
  • To avoid the appearance of a conflict of
    interest, and to protect relatives (siblings,
    children, step-children, grandchildren, nieces,
    nephews) and wards from allegations of
    impropriety
  • Test (and Backup) Supervisors may not be related
    to any examinee taking the ACT/WorkKeys in
    2006-2007 anywhere in Michigan.
  • Room supervisors and proctors may not assist in a
    room where any relative is being tested

25
Adequate Training for all Staff
  • ALL Test Supervisors (TS), Back-up Test
    Supervisors (Back-up TS), and Test Accommodations
    Coordinators (TAC) are REQUIRED to attend
    training in November-December, 2006.
  • Testing staff must have read and be familiar with
    both the Day 1 and Day 2 supervisors manuals
    (included with training materials)

26
Adequate Training for all Staff
  • A local training session for all staff is
    required before testing (conducted by the Test
    Supervisor at each school)
  • Each room supervisor must have a complete copy of
    that day's supervisors manual in the test room

27
Attentiveness
  • During testing, the testing staff must
  • Focus on monitoring testing (reading, grading
    papers, other personal work is not permitted)
  • Circulate frequently around the room to monitor
    examinees
  • Recognize the potential for cheating and take
    action as instructed in supervisors manuals
  • Exact compliance with supervisors manuals is
    required…including reading spoken instructions
    verbatim

28
Assessment Administration
  • All test sites must test on the designated days
  • The testing activity should be the first activity
    of the day for students
  • Assessment administration staff will need to
    review procedures 30 minutes prior to the start
    of testing.
  • No food or drink are permitted in testing room(s)
    this applies to both staff and examinees.

29
Security
  • Receipt, check-in, and verification of test
    booklets are by serial numbers
  • Restricted access at all times from moment of
    receipt to return (documented chain of custody)
  • Answer documents not returned to students after
    test responses are gridded
  • All test sites must test on the designated test
    days with testing as the first activity of the
    morning.
  • Immediate and complete return of all Day 1
    materials to ACT and all Day 2 materials to
    Pearson

30
Security
  • Proper identification of examinees by room
    supervisor (personal recognition or photo ID)
  • Direct consultation with ACT to handle testing
    irregularities
  • Unannounced observation of assessment
    administration in selected schools

31
Exact Timing of the Tests
  • More than one timepiece must be used in each room
    to ensure back-up
  • Time remaining may not be posted
  • Five-minute warning must be read verbatim from
    the supervisors manuals

32
Documentation of Test Day Procedures
  • State Testing Staff List returned with answer
    documents
  • Seating Diagram, Test Book Count Form, and
    Testing Time Verification Form returned for each
    room
  • Supervisors Report Form (Day 1) and School ID
    Sheet (Day 2) completed accurately
  • Testing Irregularity Report Form(s) returned with
    answer documents

33
MME Year-by- Year Implementation
  • 2005-2006
  • Fall - MEAP HST (grades 10, 11, 12)
  • Spring - MEAP HST plus statistical pilot linking
    ACT to the MEAP HST (grade 11 only)
  • 2006-2007 (Assuming Federal Approval)
  • Grade 10 - use PLAN or PSAT for dual enrollment
  • Local district selects test state sets
    qualification score(s)
  • Student or school district pays the testing cost
    (no state reimbursement)
  • Grade 11 - Offer MME in the Spring for Merit
    Award
  • Grade 12 - Offer MEAP HST to complete Merit Award
    (one year only) OR MME

34
MME Year-by-Year Implementation
  • 2007-08 (No More MEAP)
  • Grade 10 - use PLAN or PSAT for dual enrollment
  • Local district selects test state sets
    qualification score(s)
  • Student or school district pays the testing cost
    (no state reimbursement)
  • Grade 11 - Offer MME in the Spring for Merit
    Award
  • Grade 12 - Offer MME in the Fall and Spring
  • Students get one free (state-paid) re-take

35
Key 2006-07 MME Dates
  • March 6, 2006 - Video conference on MME
    assessment accommodations (DVD/videotape
    available from Wayne RESA videostreamed as well
    http//www.mistreamnet.com, click on 'Archived
    Stream.)
  • April 27, 2006 - Video conference on 2006-2007
    MME plans (DVD/videotape available from Wayne
    RESA videostreamed as well http//www.mistreamn
    et.com, click on 'Archived Stream.)
  • May - June 2006 - Analyze pilot school
    information prepare application to USED to
    change to MME
  • July 2006 - Submit application to USED
  • July-August, 2006 - Select Michigan items

36
Key 2006-07 MME Dates
  • September 12, 2006 - Statewide video conference
    on 2007 MME
  • September-October 2006 - ACT establishes schools
    as test centers
  • September-October 2006 Home school students
    notify district high school of intent to test
  • November 1, 2006 - Drop-dead date for USED
    approval to implement the MME use MEAP HST if
    approval not received
  • November-December 2006 - Mandatory training for
    Test Supervisors, Backup Test Supervisors, and
    Test Accommodations Coordinators

37
Key 2006-07 MME Dates
  • December 1, 2006 - ACT-approved accommodations
    requests due to ACT for Day 1 Testing (ACT Plus
    Writing)
  • January 10, 2007 - State-allowed accommodations
    requests due to ACT for Day 1 Testing (ACT Plus
    Writing)
  • For Day 2 (WorkKeys Michigan Mathematics) Day
    2-7 (Michigan Science and Social Studies), tests
    accommodations should be similar to those
    approved for Day 1
  • Accommodations decisions for Day 2 and Day 2-7
    are the local school district responsibility
  • Dates also apply to home school and non-public
    school students

38
Key 2006-07 MME Dates
  • January 10, 2007 (Estimated) - Materials orders
    for ALL students are due for Day 2 (WorkKeys
    Michigan Mathematics) Day 2-7 (Michigan Science
    and Social Studies tests)
  • Submitted via Pearson School House for all
    students
  • November 2006-January 2007 (Estimated) -
    Non-public school students using test centers
    registered for the MME
  • February 2007 - Accommodations determined and
    materials ordered
  • February-March 2007 - Test Supervisors train test
    administrators and proctors

39
Key 2006-07 MME Dates
  • MME Testing
  • Day 1 - ACT Plus Writing (March 13, 2007)
  • Day 2 - WorkKeys Michigan Math (March 14, 2007)
  • Day 2-7 - Michigan Science and Social Studies
    (March 14-21, 2007)
  • Special Testing Windows (March 13-28, 2007)

40
Key 2006-07 MME Dates
  • MME Makeup Testing
  • Day 1 - ACT Plus Writing (March 27, 2007)
  • Day 2 - WorkKeys Michigan Math (March 28, 2007)
  • Day 2-7 - Michigan Science and Social Studies
    (March 28-April 4, 2007)
  • Special Testing Windows (March 27-April 11, 2007)

41
Key 2006-07 MME Dates
  • May-July, 2007
  • Students receive their reports
  • Regular ACT reports (college-reportable)
  • WorkKeys reports
  • MME score reports
  • Schools receive ACT, WorkKeys, and MME score
    reports
  • MME scores used for EducationYES! accreditation
    and NCLB AYP accountability purposes

42
Key 2006-07 MME Dates
  • August-September - Students register for MME
    October Retake via ACT (using a voucher
    available at their school)
  • MME Fall Retake
  • Day 1 - ACT Plus Writing (Saturday, October 27,
    2007)
  • Day 2 - WorkKeysMichigan Math (Tuesday, October
    30, 2007)
  • Days 2-7 - Michigan Science and Social Studies
    (Tuesday, October 30-Wednesday, November 6, 2007)
  • Special Testing (October 27-November 13, 2007)

43
How do Students benefit from taking the ACT?
  • The ACT is universally accepted for college
    admission.
  • The ACT is curriculum-based.
  • The ACT is more than a test.

44
How do Schools benefit from taking the ACT?
  • Evaluate student readiness
  • Evaluate/inform instructional programs
  • Document Progress and Success with the EPAS
    system
  • Effectively advise guide students

45
  • ...a foundational skills development system, best
    known for translating a vague statement like "we
    need more math" into a precise set of teachable
    skills really used in a career.
  • Educators - tailor development plans and certify
    career readiness
  • Employers - determine hiring qualifications and
    training needs
  • Economic and workforce developers - match
    employers and communities

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Getting Started Now
  • Consider how and where the MME will be
    administered
  • Make sure IEP teams are considering
    accommodations needed for both high school
    assessments
  • MEAP HST
  • MME
  • Think about who will manage the MME
  • Test Supervisor and Back-up Test Supervisor
  • Test Accommodations Coordinator
  • Review information posted on www.michigan.gov/mme
    website

48
Helping Students Prepare for MME
  • Assure that the high schools curriculum is
    aligned to state standards and benchmarks, the
    new high school content expectations, and
    ACT-assessed standards
  • Assure that course content matches course titles
  • Encourage students to enroll in rigorous college
    preparatory classes (or equivalent ones that
    address the same content with the similar rigor)

49
Helping Students Prepare for MME
  • Have students participate in reasonable ACT prep
    activities
  • Use ACT or commercial products to practice taking
    a timed test
  • Become comfortable with the test formats
  • Focus on learning the skills defined in the
    standards and benchmarks rather than just
    practicing test-taking skills

50
Getting Started Now
  • Review past ACT high school assessment reports
  • What percent of students take the ACT?
  • What percent of students take recommended college
    core courses?
  • What is the performance of students taking
    college core versus those who did not?
  • What are the trends over time?
  • What are the implications of ACT results?
  • For counselors - better course-taking advice?
  • For academic departments - improved rigor of
    courses?
  • For districts - More rigorous graduations
    requirements?

51
Challenges
  • Assuring adequate assessment administration
    preparation - for very secure tests (ACT)
  • Participation of students with disabilities
  • What accommodations will be needed? See MME
    website Spring 2007 Michigan Merit Exam (MME)
    Accommodations Summary Table.
  • Will MI-Access be used by some students?
  • Participation of English language learners
  • What accommodations will be offered and under
    what conditions? See MME website Spring 2007
    Michigan Merit Exam (MME) Accommodations Summary
    Table.

52
For Questions and Comments
  • Edward Roeber
  • (517) 373-0739 voice
  • Roebere_at_michigan.gov
  • Mike Radke
  • (517) 241-0206 voice
  • Radkem_at_michigan.gov
  • Jim Griffiths
  • (517) 373-4332 voice
  • Griffithsj_at_michigan.gov
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • Office of Educational Assessment Accountability
  • P.O. Box 30008
  • Lansing, MI 48909

53
For More Information
  • For more information on MME
  • www.michigan.gov/mme
  • For MDE assessment questions
  • (877) 560-TEST (8378)
  • For ACT- or WorkKeys-specific questions
  • mi.mme_at_act.org
  • For Pearson Educational Measurement
  • (800) 204-4109

54
Thank you!
  • Video conference sites around Michigan
  • Wayne RESA
  • Mistreamnet and the Sustained Learning Regions
  • Sam LoPresto
  • Presenters and staff
  • And You!

55
  • VHS Copies 10.00 4.00 S H DVD Copies
    10.00 4.00 S H Contact Brenda Hose,
    734-334-1437 hoseb_at_resa.net
  • Rebroadcast archived at http//www.mistreamnet.co
    m
  • Powerpoint and attachments available on MME
    website
  • http//www.michigan.gov/mme
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