LANSING — State education officials plan to withhold the public release of science scores from the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress for two years because they say the exam is a sample test that does not yet measure student proficiency.

The Michigan Department of Education says it plans next Wednesday to release scores in all other subject areas from the M-STEP — math, English Language Arts and social studies.

But student scores from the science test, taken in April and May by students in grades 5, 8 and 11, are being withheld because state education officials are still developing the new computer-based science assessment through the 2019-20 school year and are continuing to vet test questions and make changes.

Michigan adopted new K-12 science standards in 2016 based on the Next Generation Science Standards, which replaced the standards adopted in 2006 and introduced science and engineering practices, state officials said. In 2017, knowing field tests would be conducted, state education officials moved M-STEP testing in science from grades 4, 7 and 11 to grades 5, 8 and 11.

Click here to read the full story in The Detroit News (Aug 22, 2018)

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