Howell Public Schools 2018 M-STEP Scores Released

Howell Public Schools 2018 M-STEP Scores Released
Posted on 08/29/2019
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8/29/19 -  Recently, the State of Michigan released the results from the 2019 statewide summative assessment, the M-STEP. The M-STEP is a computer adaptive test (CAT), which provides a more personalized test experience for students. The purpose of the assessment is to see how close students are to reaching Michigan’s new higher standards in English language arts and mathematics. In 2018, eighth-grade students were administered the PSAT for the first time, thus, results from previous years cannot be compared to the 2019 results.


On the 2019 assessment, Howell Public Schools remained fairly consistent with its scores. The district saw slight increases in student proficiency as well as some slight declines. This trend was similar in many districts in Livingston County and across the state. “While we were hoping to see increased student growth on this year’s M-STEP, once again our results seem to be similar to those across the state,” said Erin MacGregor, Howell Public Schools superintendent. “Our M-STEP scores still exceeded state averages in all content areas. Additionally, we continue to see above-average student growth in Reading and Math on the nationally-normed NWEA assessment.”

As Howell Public Schools works to improve student growth and proficiency rates, there are several initiatives underway in the district which are driven by the district’s curriculum committee, and the District and School Improvement Teams. The district is implementing a new elementary English language arts curriculum across the district. The curriculum was piloted in several classrooms last year, and based on the results from that pilot, the district is optimistic that it will see additional student growth on next year’s M-STEP. Additionally, the district is currently piloting a new math curriculum at the middle and high school levels.

In addition to curriculum improvements, the district is working to support students year-round with programs such as the Highlander Reading Express mobile library, elementary school summer reading programs and its partnership with the Howell Carnegie District Library which provides students with access to several online learning resources.

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