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1 Introduction to the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) and the Secondary Credit Assessment System (SCAS) Michigan Department of Education Assessment & Accountability Conference 2008

2 Session Discussion Topics What is the Secondary Credit Assessment System (SCAS)? What is the Secondary Credit Assessment System (SCAS)? What is the Michigan Merit Exam (MME)? What is the Michigan Merit Exam (MME)? What purposes do they serve? What purposes do they serve? How are they different? How are they different? How are they alike? How are they alike? How do they function within a balanced assessment system? How do they function within a balanced assessment system? Q & A Q & A

3 What is the Secondary Credit Assessment System (SCAS)? Public Acts 123 and 124 required the Michigan Department of Education to develop: Public Acts 123 and 124 required the Michigan Department of Education to develop: Course/credit content expectations in the required course/credit areas Course/credit content expectations in the required course/credit areas Guidelines in other course/credit areas, and Guidelines in other course/credit areas, and End-of-course examinations in at least the required course/credit areas (later removed by amendment) End-of-course examinations in at least the required course/credit areas (later removed by amendment)

4 SCAS Assessments MDE has currently developed end-of- course exams for English 9, Algebra I, Geometry, and Biology MDE has currently developed end-of- course exams for English 9, Algebra I, Geometry, and Biology Items used in these exams written by Michigan educators summer 2007 and were pilot-tested in Michigan classrooms in Jan 08 Items used in these exams written by Michigan educators summer 2007 and were pilot-tested in Michigan classrooms in Jan 08 They can be used as a standards-based end- of-course assessment They can be used as a standards-based end- of-course assessment

5 SCAS Assessments Available through the OEAA Secure Website Available through the OEAA Secure Website Need User ID and Password Need User ID and Password Under “announcements” select SCAS Under “announcements” select SCAS Assessments, scoring keys, scoring guides, and rubrics. Assessments, scoring keys, scoring guides, and rubrics.

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7 Using the SCAS Assessments Testing services (i.e., printing of test booklets and answer documents, assessment administration services, scoring and reporting) are not provided Testing services (i.e., printing of test booklets and answer documents, assessment administration services, scoring and reporting) are not provided

8 Using the SCAS Assessments Districts are encouraged to print, administer and score the exams to assess students who have taken these course/credit areas and/or to help gauge the extent to which current course content is aligned with the HSCE for these courses Districts are encouraged to print, administer and score the exams to assess students who have taken these course/credit areas and/or to help gauge the extent to which current course content is aligned with the HSCE for these courses

9 Using the SCAS Assessments Items are considered secure and may not be used for classroom activities Items are considered secure and may not be used for classroom activities The assessments should remain intact but may be augmented with additional items The assessments should remain intact but may be augmented with additional items Items are to remain secure but may be used with content area teachers for professional development purposes Items are to remain secure but may be used with content area teachers for professional development purposes

10 Recommended Passing Score for SCAS If district selects or develops a local assessment, the district is responsible for establishing the passing score If district selects or develops a local assessment, the district is responsible for establishing the passing score If the state assessment is used, the state determines the passing score. The department determined that 70% correct be used If the state assessment is used, the state determines the passing score. The department determined that 70% correct be used

11 Using the SCAS Assessment District has the authority to establish policy to determine how a student may earn credit on a course s/he has taken District has the authority to establish policy to determine how a student may earn credit on a course s/he has taken If the state assessment is used as the final exam for a student taking a course (as apposed to “testing out” without having taken the class), the score on the end-of-course exam should not count for more than 20 – 25% of the student’s final grade in the class If the state assessment is used as the final exam for a student taking a course (as apposed to “testing out” without having taken the class), the score on the end-of-course exam should not count for more than 20 – 25% of the student’s final grade in the class

12 Next Steps for SCAS As of this time, MDE has no dedicated funding for developing a Secondary Credit Assessment System, with full printing, distributing, scoring and reporting As of this time, MDE has no dedicated funding for developing a Secondary Credit Assessment System, with full printing, distributing, scoring and reporting On the other hand, OEAA is using the resources it has for the state assessment program to develop additional assessments for schools to use with Michigan Merit Curriculum standards On the other hand, OEAA is using the resources it has for the state assessment program to develop additional assessments for schools to use with Michigan Merit Curriculum standards

13 More Next Steps for SCAS If provided by the legislature, added funding would permit MDE to begin developing more of the assessments over time If provided by the legislature, added funding would permit MDE to begin developing more of the assessments over time

14 Proposed SCAS Development Schedule YearEnglishMathScience Social Studies English 9 Algebra I Geometry Biology English 10Chemistry US History plus Geography English 11 Algebra II Statistics & Probability Physics World History plus Geography English 12Pre-CalculusEarth Science Civics Economics Updated Feb 2008

15 What is the Michigan Merit Exam (MME)? Statewide assessment for all eleventh-grade (and eligible grade 12) students Statewide assessment for all eleventh-grade (and eligible grade 12) students Measures what a student knows based on high school content standards for English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies Measures what a student knows based on high school content standards for English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies State assessment for AYP/Ed Yes! Accountability systems State assessment for AYP/Ed Yes! Accountability systems Qualifying assessment for Michigan Promise Scholarship (Department of Treasury) Qualifying assessment for Michigan Promise Scholarship (Department of Treasury)

16 Legislative Requirements College entrance requirement College entrance requirement Work skills examination Work skills examination Reading Reading Mathematics Mathematics Locating Information (proposed – career readiness certificate) Locating Information (proposed – career readiness certificate) Social studies assessment Social studies assessment Under 8 hours of testing time Under 8 hours of testing time Fulfill requirements of NCLB, meaning Fulfill requirements of NCLB, meaning Received NCLB peer review approval Received NCLB peer review approval Adequate alignment to all required content standards as determined by an independent review panel Adequate alignment to all required content standards as determined by an independent review panel Augmentation Augmentation Science, mathematics, social studies Science, mathematics, social studies

17 MME Components Administered each spring using a prescribed schedule, the MME consists of three components: Administered each spring using a prescribed schedule, the MME consists of three components: ACT Plus Writing college entrance examination ACT Plus Writing college entrance examination WorkKeys job skills assessments in reading for information, applied mathematics, and locating information WorkKeys job skills assessments in reading for information, applied mathematics, and locating information Michigan-developed assessments in mathematics, science, and social studies Michigan-developed assessments in mathematics, science, and social studies

18 MME 2009 Spring Assessment Schedule Initial administration dates: Initial administration dates: March 10 – 12, 2009 March 10 – 12, 2009 Make-up administration dates: Make-up administration dates: March 24 – 26, 2009 March 24 – 26, 2009 The window for students testing with accommodations begins on the initial test date and ends on the make-up date for each test day The window for students testing with accommodations begins on the initial test date and ends on the make-up date for each test day

19 MME Spring 2009 Assessment Organization Day*AssessmentSubject Total Items Testing Time (minutes) Day 1 ACT Plus Writing EnglishMathematicsReadingScienceWriting 75 MC Items 60 MC Items 40 MC Items 1 Prompt *More detailed information about this schedule and makeup testing given exactly two weeks later is available on the MME website. Day 1 Testing Time: 205 minutes (3 hours/25 minutes)

20 MME Spring 2009 Assessment Organization Day*AssessmentSubject Total Items Testing Time (minutes) Day 2 WorkKeys Reading for Information Applied Mathematics Locating Information 33 MC Items 38 MC Items *More detailed information about this schedule and makeup testing given exactly two weeks later is available on the MME website. Day 2 Testing Time: 135 minutes (2 hours/15 minutes)

21 MME Spring 2009 Assessment Organization Day*AssessmentSubject Total Items Testing Time (minutes) Day 3 MichiganMathematicsScience Social Studies 34 MC Items 49 MC Items 42 MC Items *More detailed information about this schedule and makeup testing given exactly two weeks later is available on the MME website. Day 3 Testing Time: 120 minutes (2 hours)

22 Spring 2009 MME Contributing Components DayTestELAReadingWritingMathScience Social Studies 1* ACT Reading ACT English ACT Writing CR ACT Mathematics ACT Science XSelectXXSelectXSelectSelect 2 WorkKeys Reading WorkKeys Mathematics WorkKeys Locating Information XXSelectSelectSelect 3 MI Mathematics MI Science MI Social Studies MC XXX * Does not indicate order of ACT test administration

23 Changes to Spring 2009 MME Test design: Test design: Total testing: 7 hours/40 minutes Total testing: 7 hours/40 minutes Eliminated CR on MI social studies Eliminated CR on MI social studies Added WorkKeys “Locating Information” Added WorkKeys “Locating Information” Day 3: MI assessments: mathematics, science, and social studies – all MC Day 3: MI assessments: mathematics, science, and social studies – all MC Select items from ACT and WorkKeys for a more balanced MME assessment Select items from ACT and WorkKeys for a more balanced MME assessment

24 Changes to Spring 2009 MME Legislation passed House & Senate BUT still in conference Legislation passed House & Senate BUT still in conference MME shall contain all components necessary to make students eligible for a nationally recognized evaluation of workforce readiness (Career Readiness Certificate) MME shall contain all components necessary to make students eligible for a nationally recognized evaluation of workforce readiness (Career Readiness Certificate) The ACT portion of the MME shall require an extended writing sample The ACT portion of the MME shall require an extended writing sample No additional extended writing sample shall be required No additional extended writing sample shall be required

25 Changes to Spring 2009 MME Legislation continued….. Legislation continued….. Each student will take the complete MME once and only once to qualify for Michigan Promise Scholarship Each student will take the complete MME once and only once to qualify for Michigan Promise Scholarship Retakes will be on the ACT only Retakes will be on the ACT only

26 Changes to Spring 2009 MME Legislation, continued…. Legislation, continued…. Who will take the complete MME? Who will take the complete MME? All 11 th graders who do not take MI-Access All 11 th graders who do not take MI-Access All 12 th graders who All 12 th graders who Did not take the MME in grade 11, OR Did not take the MME in grade 11, OR Did not receive a valid score in grade 11 on mathematics, science, reading, writing, OR social studies Did not receive a valid score in grade 11 on mathematics, science, reading, writing, OR social studies

27 Changes to Spring 2009 MME Legislation, continued… Legislation, continued… Retakes on the ACT only Retakes on the ACT only If a student took the complete MME, AND If a student took the complete MME, AND Received valid scores in all subjects in grade 11, AND Received valid scores in all subjects in grade 11, AND Did not qualify for installment payments of the Michigan Promise Scholarship, THEN Did not qualify for installment payments of the Michigan Promise Scholarship, THEN Can retake the ACT to qualify for the Michigan Promise Scholarship installment payments Can retake the ACT to qualify for the Michigan Promise Scholarship installment payments

28 Changes to Spring 2009 MME Legislation, continued…. Legislation, continued…. Who pays for ACT retakes? Who pays for ACT retakes? Student Student State pays only if ALL the following criteria apply State pays only if ALL the following criteria apply Is eligible for free/reduced lunch Is eligible for free/reduced lunch Did not qualify for installment payments of Michigan Promise Scholarship Did not qualify for installment payments of Michigan Promise Scholarship Is not eligible for a fee waiver from ACT Is not eligible for a fee waiver from ACT Has not previously had an ACT retake fee paid by the state Has not previously had an ACT retake fee paid by the state

29 Changes to Spring 2009 MME And finally, Legislation, continued… And finally, Legislation, continued… Setting cut scores on the ACT for installment payment on the Michigan Promise Scholarship is the responsibility of the State Superintendent Setting cut scores on the ACT for installment payment on the Michigan Promise Scholarship is the responsibility of the State Superintendent

30 How are the MME & SCAS different? Timed versus Untimed Timed versus Untimed Schedule Schedule Test Security Test Security Scoring Services Scoring Services Reporting Reporting Assessment accommodations Assessment accommodations Required versus available for use Required versus available for use Assessment design Assessment design

31 How are these assessments alike? Based on the high school content expectations Based on the high school content expectations Multiple choice and constructed response assessment design Multiple choice and constructed response assessment design Function as a part of a balanced assessment system Function as a part of a balanced assessment system

32 Classroom Assessments (Formative) Interim/Benchmark Assessments (Summative) Statewide Assessments – MME/SCAS EOC (Summative) Comprehensive Balanced Assessment System Aligned to State Content Standards

33 Contact Information SCAS Assessments Dr. Bill Brown, Coordinator of Test Development Dr. Bill Brown, Coordinator of Test Development *Kimberly Young, *Kimberly Young,Consultant MME Assessment Mr. Jim Griffiths, Mr. Jim Griffiths, Manager of Test Administration *Pat King, *Pat King, MME Specialist * Primary contact for assessment

34 Questions & Answers Questions & Answers

35 Introduction to the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) and the Secondary Credit Assessment System (SCAS) 2008 Michigan Department of Education Assessment & Accountability Conference


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