Just the Facts: New Test to Replace MEAP

The new online assessment will replace the MEAP and MME tests in math, reading and writing beginning during the 2014-15 school year.

Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, students throughout Michigan will be given an online exam to test their knowledge of core subjects.

The test replaces the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) and the Michigan Educational Assessment Progam (MEAP) in all subjects except social science and science.

Called Smarter Balanced, the exam was produced by The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, a state-led effort to provide consistent and comparable standards, aligned to the Common Core State Standards, in English language arts, literacy and mathematics.


  • By 2014-15, all assessments will be online.
  • All assessments will be given in the spring, with the exception of optional standardized interim assessments during the year.
  • Districts will still have paper and pencil option for the first three years.

Benefits of the online assessment

  • Scores given within 48 hours of the test
  • Fewer questions compared to fixed-form tests
  • More accurate measurements of student progress over time
  • Assessment tailored to student ability - question difficultly increases when students answer correctly and decreases when students answer incorrectly
  • Greater security because not all students receive the same questions
  • Retake option available for online only

Disadvantages of the online assesment

  • It could take up to 12 weeks to test all students
  • Students who take the test later could have an advantage
  • School districts will have to invest in more technology
  • Test results will likely be shared with the public on a staggered, rather than all at once

Is your district ready?

Smarter Balanced recently released a Technology Readiness Tool for districts  to measure readiness to move to an online assessment program. Martineau said only about 6 percent of districts have taken the evaluation.

Want to know more?

Go to www.smarterbalanced.org.

What do you think?

Tell us in the comments area below.

Concerned Parent October 16, 2012 at 06:21 AM
China and Japan? How about Russia? Russian 3rd grade Math is higher than American 6 grade. To talk about Science, Russian kids learn separate subjects such as Botanics, Zoology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry. Russian kids start LEARNING foreign language at 5th grade. I emphasize LEARNING, because our kids were introduced to Arabic, French, Spanish and German in 5 weeks during 5th grade. And the same nonsense continues in 6th grade. BTW, Russian classroom size is normally 40 kids, and parents are not allowed to be 'helpers' in the classroom. Russian teachers DO NOT have a union. So my unorthodox idea is - how about we learn from RUSSIA? Isn't that embarrassing?
Concerned Parent October 16, 2012 at 06:26 AM
Absolutely agree! And we are never given the test results till the end of the year. How can we improve on any weaknesses? Not to mention the actual test scores have almost nothing to do with the child's knowledge. The test can be easily attributed to child's ability to understand particular phrasing or the environment the test was given - we had a crazy teacher last year who managed to have half of the class take an exam while sitting on the floor. I would rather fire that teacher than take MEAP test results into consideration. The teachers are playing politics and our kids are paying for their career driven poor professionalism.
Sara boynstead February 12, 2013 at 09:25 AM
It says that you guys put MEAP scores out For 2012 test
Sara boynstead February 12, 2013 at 09:26 AM
Nicole Krawcke February 12, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Hi Sara, you can find MEAP results here: http://patch.com/A-1PzQ


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