The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) uses several assessments to cover the full range of student needs.

The Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) is Michigan's general assessment for students in grades 3 through 9. MEAP is based on Michigan's Grade Level Content Expectations in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students are assessed in the fall of each year on the prior year's expectations. All students in grades 3 through 8 are assessed in reading and mathematics. In addition, grades 4 and 7 are assessed in writing, grades 5 and 8 are tested in science, and grades 6 and 9 are evaluated in social studies.

MI-Access is Michigan's alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS), designed for students with cognitive impairments whose IEP (Individualized Educational Program) Team has determined that MEAP, MME, or MEAP-Access assessments, even with accommodations, are not appropriate. MI-Access satisfies the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as reauthorized in 2004 and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 that require all students with disabilities be assessed at the state level.

The Michigan Merit Examination (MME) measures Michigan 11th graders' career- and college- readiness. It is based on the Michigan High School Content Expectations and provides scores in the areas of mathematics, science, reading, writing, and social studies. Students who did not test as 11th graders or do not have valid MME scores are tested as 12th graders.

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