Birmingham Public Schools uses a variety of tests to measure student progress and to monitor growth in each subject.
Overall, our students continue to perform very well in comparison to other districts across the state. We are proud of the achievement our students demonstrate on a daily basis. Through the commitment of our staff and the continuous improvement we strive to make in curriculum, professional learning for teachers, and ongoing growth for all learners, we are meeting the needs of every child.
In 2015, the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) replaced the long-standing Michigan Educational Assessment Program tests (MEAP tests) and included online testing at grades 3-8 and 11. The M-STEP measures a higher set of academic standards and uses new question types that better reflect real world skills, like critical thinking and problem solving. As a result of these differences, M-STEP and MEAP scores are not comparable.
M-STEP tests were designed around the current Michigan State Standards, including the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, as well as the grade level content expectations for science and social studies. Students were assessed in the Spring in the following Content areas:
Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Math
Grades 5, 8 & 11 Science (new field test)
Grades 5, 8 & 11 Social Studies
Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade are tested with the Northwest Educational Progress Assessment (NWEA). Birmingham students typically score above the national norms.