Hazel Park Schools - Parent Engagement Opportunities

M-STEP Testing for Students


In June 2014, the Michigan Legislature required the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to develop a new test for spring 2015, creating a need to reduce a normal three-year test development process to nine months. We have been working hard to accomplish this and are excited to announce our new assessment system called the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP.
The M-STEP will include our summative assessments designed to measure student growth effectively 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. It also includes the Michigan Merit Examination in 11th grade, which consists of the ACT Plus Writing, WorkKeys, and M-STEP summative assessments in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

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No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 allows parents of students who attend Title I funded schools to request certification information about the qualifications of the teachers and paraprofessionals assigned to their child. Under this law, you may contact your child’s school and request information regarding which subjects your child’s teacher is certified to teach.

Please feel free to request this information by contacting the school office.



Kindergarten Age Change Legislation

The age of eligibility for kindergarten entrance in Michigan was changed in Public Acts 198 and 199 of 2012. The change will be phased in over three years. In fall of 2013, children will need to be 5 on or before November 1 to be eligible for kindergarten. In fall of 2014, they will need to be 5 on or before October 1 and in fall of 2015 and thereafter, they will need to be 5 on or before September 1 to be eligible for kindergarten.
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