AdvancED is the unified organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). AdvancED is dedicated to advancing excellence in education worldwide through accreditation, research, and professional services. AdvancED creates the world's largest education community, representing 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries worldwide, educating 15 million students. NCA CASI and SACS CASI schools share a unified, clear and powerful accreditation process designed to help schools continuously improve.
The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) includes the summative assessments designed by the MDE to effectively measure student growth for today’s students. English language arts and mathematics will be assessed in grades 3 - 8, science in grades 4 and 7, and social studies in grades 5 and 8. The M-STEP also includes the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) in 11th grade which consists of the ACT Plus Writing, WorkKeys, and M-STEP summative in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The ELA and mathematics tests are comprised of Smarter Balanced content plus Michigan developed field-test items that will include a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT), a Classroom Activity, and a Performance Task. The science and social studies tests are comprised of Michigan developed online, fixed-form, multiple-choice based items.