Spring 2021 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress - M-STEP Online Test Administrator's Directions and Manual

 
Spring 2021 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress - M-STEP Online Test Administrator's Directions and Manual
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M-STEP Online
Test Administrator’s
Directions and Manual
Grade 6
Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress

Spring 2021

Michigan Department of Education
Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability
Spring 2021 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress - M-STEP Online Test Administrator's Directions and Manual
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Spring 2021 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress - M-STEP Online Test Administrator's Directions and Manual
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INTRODUCTION................................. 1                 Security Compliance .......................... 9

 Online Assessments Covered............... 1                    Training Requirements and Resources for
                                                                Students........................................... 9
 DRC INSIGHT Portal .......................... 2
                                                                   Resources for Students to Prepare for
 Key.................................................. 3           Testing................................................ 9
                                                                   Online Student Tutorials........................ 9
 Online Tools Training (OTT) and
                                                                   Online Tools Training for Students........... 9
 Student Tutorials................................ 3

                                                               BEFORE TESTING............................. 11
OVERVIEW........................................ 4
                                                                Before Testing Checklist.....................11
 Introduction...................................... 4
                                                                Test Materials Needed for M-STEP........12
 M-STEP Assessments.......................... 4

 What’s New....................................... 4           DURING TESTING............................ 13

 English Language Arts......................... 5               Important Tasks During Testing...........13
    Listening............................................. 5       Managing Student Test Tickets............. 13
                                                                   Verifying Supports and
 Mathematics...................................... 5
                                                                   Accommodations on Test Tickets.......... 13
    Calculator Policy................................... 5
                                                                Permitted Items in Testing Room.........14
 Scratch Paper Guidelines .................... 6
                                                                Providing Assistance..........................15
 Designated Supports and
                                                                   Student Log In and Questions.............. 15
 Accommodations................................ 6
                                                                Procedures for Testing Breaks,
 Call Center Contact Information........... 6
                                                                Interruptions, or Pauses.....................15
 OEAA Communications with Schools
                                                                Test Directions – All M-STEP Grade 6
 and Districts...................................... 6
                                                                Assessments....................................16
 Standardized Testing.......................... 7                  Introduction...................................... 16
                                                                   Test Sign-In....................................... 18
 Test Session Timings.......................... 7
                                                                   Welcome Screen................................ 20
 Assessment Security........................... 7                  For Administration with TTS Directions
    Overview of required security practices .. 7                   Only – All Grade 6 Tests...................... 23
    Assessment Security Training ................ 7                System Check and Test Security........... 25
                                                                   Introduction Page............................... 26
 Material Security ............................... 8
                                                                Test Directions for Grade 6 ELA CAT
 Test Administration ............................ 8
                                                                Assessment......................................27
                                                                   Answering Questions—ELA CAT............ 27
                                                                   Navigation—ELA CAT.......................... 28
                                                                   Tools—ELA CAT.................................. 29

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       Helpful Testing Hints—ELA CAT............. 30          Testing Irregularities..........................51
       Completing the Test—ELA CAT.............. 31
                                                             AFTER TESTING............................... 52
     Test Directions for Grade 6 ELA
     Accommodated Assessments..............33                 Completing the Test Session...............52
       Answering Questions—
       ELA Accommodated............................ 33        Exiting the Test Engine.......................52
       Navigation—ELA Accommodated........... 34
                                                             APPENDICES................................... 53
       Tools—ELA Accommodated.................. 35
       Helpful Testing Hints—                                 APPENDIX A:
       ELA Accommodated............................ 36        M-STEP Calculator Policy....................53
       Completing the Test—                                      Online and Paper/Pencil Testers ........... 53
       ELA Accommodated............................ 37
                                                                 Online Testers ................................... 53
     Test Directions for Grade 6 Math CAT...39                   Paper/Pencil Testers ........................... 53
       Answering Questions—Math CAT........... 39                Important Notes................................. 53
       Navigation—Math CAT......................... 40           Managing Online Testers and External
       Tools—Math CAT................................. 41        Hand-held Calculators ........................ 54

       Helpful Testing Hints—Math CAT........... 42           APPENDIX B:
       Completing the Test—Math CAT............ 43            M-STEP Scratch Paper Policy...............55
                                                                 Terms............................................... 55
     Test Directions for Grade 6 Math
     Accommodated Assessments..............45                    Online Testers: Mathematics ............... 55

       Answering Questions—Math                                  Online Testers: English Language Arts,
       Accommodated ................................. 45         Science, and Social Studies................. 55

       Navigation—Math Accommodated......... 46                  Paper/Pencil Testers: Mathematics........ 55

       Tools—Math Accommodated................. 47               Paper/Pencil Testers English Language
                                                                 Arts, Science, and
       Helpful Testing Hints—                                    Social Studies.................................... 56
       Math Accommodated.......................... 48
       Completing the Test—                                   APPENDIX C:
       Math Accommodated.......................... 49         M-STEP Incident Reporting Guide........57

     Monitoring During Testing...................51

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The M-STEP Online Grade 6 Test Administrator’s   Online Assessments Covered
Directions and Manual includes all information
that a Test Administrator needs to know to       These test directions apply to the following
administer any grade 6 M-STEP assessment.        Grade 6 assessments:
With the exception of the Test Directions             • English Language Arts Computer Adaptive
for content you will not administer, Test               Test (CAT)
Administrators are required to read this
document in its entirety before administering         • English Language Arts Computer Adaptive
any grade 6 M-STEP assessment.                          Test (CAT) with Text-to-Speech (TTS)
                                                        enabled
The following sections are included in this           • English Language Arts—Video Sign
document:                                               Language (VSL) and Closed Captioning
 • Overview                                             (CCAPTION) fixed form

 • Before Testing                                     • Math Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)

 • During Testing                                     • Math Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) with
                                                        Text-to-Speech (TTS) enabled
 • After Testing
                                                      • Math—Stacked Spanish (ST) fixed form
 • Online Test Administration Directions
                                                      • Math—Stacked Spanish (ST) fixed form
                                                        with Human Voice Audio (HVA) enabled
                                                      • Math—Video Sign Language (VSL) fixed
                                                        form

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               DRC INSIGHT Portal

                                              Important Note: eDIRECT has been renamed
                                              DRC INSIGHT Portal. The URL has not changed.
                                              This manual now refers to eDIRECT as the DRC
                                              INSIGHT Portal (https://mi.drcedirect.com).

                                              Instructions for easy navigation to documents in
                                              the DRC INSIGHT Portal are below.

               Users can access documents and resources in the DRC INSIGHT Portal (https://mi.drcedirect.com).

               Test Administrators select “here” in the Documents and Training Materials bullet point to view
               all of the materials that are available without secure access.

                                                                         Welcome to the DRC INSIGHT Portal
                                                                         Welcome to the DRC INSIGHT Portal, the web-based test management site used to manage the online test administration for
                                                                         M-STEP, MI-Access, and Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments for Michigan.

                                                                         To sign in, enter your email address and password on this page and then select Sign In.

                                                                            To obtain a login and password, you must first be set up with the specific DRC INSIGHT Portal role on the OEAA
                                                                            Secure Site. Click here for directions on how to request access to DRC INSIGHT Portal through the OEAA Secure
                                                                            Site.

                                                                         Documents and Training Materials can be accessed here without a login and password.

                                                                         You can use this page for the following tasks:
                                                                            • Management tools and software for downloads requires a login.
                                                                            • Documents and Training Materials can be accessed here without a login and password.
                                                                            • Online Answer Document Portal for MI-Access Supported Independence and Participation can be
                                                                              found here. The link is only active during the testing window.
                                                                            • Access the current system status of the DRC INSIGHT Portal here.

                                                                         Need assistance? Customer Support can be contacted at 877-560-8378 or misupport@datarecognitioncorp.com.

               Then, select the Documents tab.

                                                  MICHIGAN ONLINE ASSESSMENTS          GENERAL INFORMAITION

                                 GENERAL INFORMAITION    Announcements      Documents
                                                                            Documents       Downloads     Test Tutorials

                                Documents

                                 Administration                 Document Type                  Audience
                                 (All)                          (All)                          (All)
                                                                                               (All)

                                 Show Documents

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Key

  Icons                                                  Descriptions

   SAY:
                                                         Speak the words in the shaded box.

            TIP! Icon                                    This is a tip to help with a smooth testing
                                                         experience.

           Chromebook Icon
                                                         Information specific to Chromebooks

Online Tools Training (OTT) and Student Tutorials
The Online Tools Training (OTT) is an essential part of the testing process. For detailed instructions
on how to administer OTTs, please refer to the Student Tutorials found on the DRC Insight Portal
(https://mi.drcedirect.com) or INSIGHT. The Student Tutorials should be used to familiarize
students with the functions and tools of the testing system. Additionally, the M-STEP Test
Administration Manual (TAM) will provide more information about using OTTs as well as accessing
and using the Student Tutorials.

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           Introduction                                           are allowed to take breaks during testing.
                                                                  Schools and districts should work with Test
           On January 25, 2021, the Michigan Department           Administrators to determine if breaks during
           of Education (MDE) delivered a request to the          testing are necessary.
           U.S. Department of Education to waive certain
           assessment and accountability requirements             To simplify the materials Test Administrators
           of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act              are required to read before testing, MDE has
           (ESSA) including the Spring 2021 M-STEP. To            created updated Test Administrator’s Directions
           comply with current law, MDE and the Office            and Manual documents for each grade by test
           of Educational Assessment and Accountability           mode (online and paper/pencil). These updated
           (OEAA) must continue to prepare for the                documents (this document) include test
           required spring assessments in the event               administration directions and other materials
           the USED does not grant our waiver request.            that cover everything Test Administrators need
           Updates regarding the status of this request           to know regarding test administration. This
           will be provided through the weekly Spotlight          updated information would otherwise have
           on Assessment and Accountability newsletter.           been included in the Test Administration Manual
           Please know the health, safety, and well-being         (TAM). Therefore, Test Administrators are no
           of students, educators, and their families is          longer required to read the TAM; however, they
           MDE’s first priority.                                  are required to read the Test Administrator’s
                                                                  Directions and Manual (this document) before
                                                                  administering any M-STEP test session..
           M-STEP Assessments                                     Text-to-Speech (TTS) is available for test
           The Spring 2021 Michigan Student Test of               directions ONLY on all test forms except Video
           Educational Progress (M-STEP) includes                 Sign Language (VSL) and Spanish for all
           summative assessments designed to measure              students. Building and District Assessment
           student performance relative to the Michigan           Coordinators may decide whether to use the
           Academic Standards in English language                 TTS Directions or to read test directions aloud
           arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and social           for each test session. The test administration
           studies. This overview will describe the unique        directions include detailed information for tests
           characteristics of these content–area tests.           to be administered using the TTS Directions
                                                                  and for tests that are administered without TTS
                                                                  Directions.
           What’s New                                             In order to help with Test Schedule development,
           Updates to Spring 2021 M-STEP testing                  MDE has provided recommendations for test
           were planned for Spring 2020 but were not              time estimates, test sessions, and breaks
           implemented due to the cancellation of testing.        within sessions on page 7 of this manual.
           These updates will be applied in Spring 2021.          These are recommendations to assist districts
                                                                  and buildings in the development of testing
           The M-STEP science test will be operational in         schedules—they are not required.
           Spring 2021. The M-STEP science test assesses
           the Michigan K-12 Science Standards in grades          Assessment Security training requirements
           5, 8, and 11.                                          have been updated for Spring 2021. Test
                                                                  Administrators and Proctors are required to
           The M-STEP social studies test will continue
           to measure the Michigan Academic Standards              • complete the MDE Assessment Security
           adopted in 2007 in social studies. The social             online course and/or read the Assessment
           studies test will have only one part for all              Integrity Guide (determined by the District
           grades assessed (5, 8, and 11). Students                  or Building Coordinator)

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Any educator who completed the Assessment          Mathematics
Security training modules in the past are
allowed to take the Assessment Security            Mathematics is assessed with the M-STEP in
Refresher course in place of the full Assessment   grades 3-7. It covers four claims: concepts and
Security Training modules. More information        procedures, problem-solving, communicating
about the Assessment Security Refresher            reasoning, and modeling and data analysis.
course is available on the M-STEP web              There is one test ticket for online testers.
page (www.michigan.gov/mstep) under the
Professional Development section.                  Calculator Policy
Also new for Spring 2021: students using the       Calculator use varies by grade and assessment
embedded calculator will view the Desmos           type (online or paper/pencil). Therefore, it is
calculator. Calculations are performed             important for Test Administrators to understand
automatically as the student keys in the           the state’s policy on their use.
operation.
                                                   Embedded Calculators Provided for
A new feature of DRC INSIGHT for Spring 2021
                                                   Online Testers in Grade 6 and 7
is Extended Retries. With this new feature, if
                                                   Students in grades 6 and 7 taking an online test
there are any connectivity issues, instead of
                                                   will use the calculator embedded in the online
displaying an error message after three attempts
                                                   delivery engine. New for Spring 2021, students
to reconnect, the system will continue to
                                                   using the embedded calculator will view the
attempt reconnection for five minutes. The error
                                                   Desmos calculator. There is a basic four-
message will display, instructing the student
                                                   function calculator for use in grade 6, which
to raise his/her hand for help, but continue to
                                                   includes addition, subtraction, multiplication,
attempt reconnection. If the system is able to
                                                   division, and square root. Calculations are
reconnect, the error message will close and the
                                                   performed automatically as the student keys in
student can resume testing. Note: It is possible
                                                   the operation.
that a student sees the error message but the
error is resolved before you have had time to      Districts and buildings should view the Basic
reach the student. If this occurs, you should      Calculator tutorial with students and provide
instruct the student to resume testing.            students the opportunity to practice with the
                                                   new Desmos calculator in the Online Tools
                                                   Training (OTT). Tutorials and OTTs are accessed
English Language Arts                              without a login through the DRC INSIGHT
                                                   Portal (https://mi.drcedirect.com) by selecting
English language arts (ELA) is assessed
                                                   the Test Tutorials tab at the top of the page.
with the M-STEP in grades 3-7. ELA covers
                                                   Instructions for easy navigation to documents
four claims: reading, writing, listening, and
                                                   in the DRC INSIGHT Portal are on page 2.
research. There is one test ticket for online
testers.                                           The state’s full Calculator Policy can be
                                                   found in Appendix A. Coordinators and/or
Listening                                          Test Administrators may copy and share it
                                                   in its entirety with others involved in testing
Listening is part of the ELA assessment for
                                                   mathematics.
all students. Students testing online will be
required to have headphones to hear the audio
presented for this portion of the test.

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           Scratch Paper Guidelines                                The following table shows the options related to
                                                                   the M-STEP that are available on the call center
           Scratch paper use varies by test grade, and             phone menu. Select the appropriate option
           content area. Be sure to review the state’s full        when contacting the OEAA, either through
           Scratch Paper Policy in Appendix B.                     our toll-free number (877-560-8378) or the
                                                                   Lansing-area local number (517-241-4102).

           Designated Supports and                                 Topic                                       Option
           Accommodations                                           Known or suspected cheating or
           The Michigan Supports and Accommodations                 unethical testing practices on any state     1
                                                                    assessment
           Guidance Document, which includes the
           Supports and Accommodations Tables,                      DRC INSIGHT Portal, INSIGHT, Central
           presents appropriate Universal Tools,                    Office Services (COS), or online
                                                                                                                 2
                                                                    assessment tools related to the online
           Designated Supports, Accommodations,
                                                                    M-STEP
           identification processes, classroom
           considerations, and guidelines for all state             OEAA Secure Site, testing policies and
           assessments. The document can be found on                paper/pencil materials regarding the
                                                                                                                 3
                                                                    M-STEP, MI-Access, and Accountability
           the M-STEP web page (www.michigan.gov/                   reporting
           mstep). Guidance in the documents pertains
           to general education students, as well as to
           English learners (ELs), students with disabilities
           (SWDs), and students who are considered ELs
                                                                   OEAA Communications with
           and are also identified as SWDs.                        Schools and Districts
                                                                   Keeping educators up to date regarding
           Call Center Contact                                     changes in assessment and accountability is
                                                                   critical. The OEAA communicates with the field
           Information                                             in a number of different ways, including:
           The Office of Educational Assessment and                 • Spotlight on Student Assessment and
           Accountability (OEAA) has a call center to                 Accountability weekly newsletter – sign
           answer questions related to M-STEP testing.                up to receive the newsletter and/or read
                                                                      archived copies on the Spotlight web page
           Agents are available to receive questions at
                                                                      (www.michigan.gov/mde-spotlight)
           the following toll-free phone number and email
           address during the specified hours.                      • M-STEP web page (www.michigan.gov/
                                                                      mstep)
               • Call: 1-877-560-8378
                                                                    • DRC INSIGHT Portal (https://mi.drcedirect.
               • Email: mde-oeaa@michigan.gov
                                                                      com)
               • December 1, 2020 - April 12, 2021:
                                                                    • the Announcement page on the OEAA Secure
                 8:00 AM–5:00 PM (M–F)
                                                                      Site (www.michigan.gov/oeaa-secure)
               • April 12, 2021 - June 4, 2021:
                                                                    • presentations at state conferences,
                 7:00 AM–5:00 PM (M-F)
                                                                      including the Michigan School Testing
                                                                      Conference held each year in February

                                                                   Check these sources regularly to stay up to
                                                                   date on assessment- and accountability-related
                                                                   issues and activities.

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Standardized Testing                                 Ensure that you and all testing staff comply
                                                     with all applicable laws, including those relating
Uniform procedures are essential to a                to discrimination. By strictly following policies
standardized testing program. To ensure              and procedures, you give students the best
comparable scores, all testing staff must            guarantee of fair testing and the best possible
follow the same testing procedures and give          test day experience.
instructions exactly as they appear in this
manual.

                                 Test Session Timings

                    Spring 2021 Estimated Test Session Timings Grades 3–7
                    Subject                 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7
      ELA Computer Adaptive                   2:00        2:00      2:00       2:00       2:00
      Mathematics Computer Adaptive           1:30        1:30      1:30       2:00       2:00
      Science Part 1                           NA          NA       0:45        NA         NA
      Science Part 2                           NA          NA       0:45        NA         NA
      Social Studies                           NA          NA       0:60        NA         NA
      Estimated Total Hours                   3:30        3:30      6:00       4:00       4:00

            Note: Times are in hours:minutes. Example, 1:30 equals 1 hour 30 minutes.

Assessment Security                                   • student test results are valid and reliable

The primary goals of test security are to protect     • the testing context is equitable for all
the integrity of the assessment and to ensure           students
that results are accurate and meaningful. Test
                                                      • all practices are ethical
security is integral in ensuring that no student
has an unfair advantage or a disadvantage in
assessment performance.                              Overview of required security
                                                     practices
The Assessment Integrity Guide (AIG) was
                                                     For additional information on required security
revised and updated in November 2020. This
                                                     practices before, during, and after the test
document, available for download on the M-STEP
                                                     administration, refer to the checklists in
web page (www.michigan.gov/mstep), details
                                                     Appendix G of the AIG.
how state-level assessments should be securely
administered. The AIG also includes information
on roles and responsibilities of testing staff,      Assessment Security Training
test preparation, administration irregularities,     All staff members who participate in a state
and security. District and Building Coordinators     assessment must be fully trained in assessment
are required to read the AIG in its entirety.        security.
By following the guidelines in the Assessment
Integrity Guide, schools ensure that:

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           Test Administrators/Room Supervisors/                     immediately after testing, to be shredded.
           Proctors/ Training Requirements:                          No used scratch or graph paper may be kept
                                                                     in the classroom. Used scratch paper must
               • complete the MDE Assessment Security                never be taken from one test session to
                 online course and/or read the Assessment            another.
                 Integrity Guide (determined by the District
                 or Building Coordinator)                          • No test materials that contain test questions
                                                                     or student responses may be copied at any
           Any educator who completed the Assessment                 time or retained in the schools.
           Security training modules in the past are
           allowed to take the Assessment Security                 • The use of cameras or cell phones and the
           Refresher course in place of the full Assessment          posting of pictures to social media sites
           Security Training modules. More information               during testing is an enormous security risk.
           about the Assessment Security Refresher                   Therefore, students or testing personnel may
           course is available on the M-STEP web                     not take photographs at any time during
           page (www.michigan.gov/mstep) under the                   testing. If students violate this policy, their
           Professional Development section.                         tests will be marked “Prohibited Behavior”
                                                                     and no emergency tests will be permitted.

           Material Security
                                                                  Test Administration
               • All materials that allow access to or contain
                 test questions or student responses are          All testing staff must adhere to these
                 considered secure materials and must             guidelines.
                 be handled in a way that maintains their          • Ensure an appropriate testing environment
                 security before, during, and after testing.         is maintained.
                 This includes paper/pencil materials,
                 accommodated materials, used scratch              • Begin all standardized test administration
                 paper, online test tickets, and test rosters.       procedures according to the explicit
                                                                     directions in this document.
               • All secure materials must be retained in
                 one secure, locked location within the            • If not using the Text-to-Speech (TTS) for
                 school. During the test administration              directions option, read test directions to
                 window, the materials must be distributed           the students exactly as they are written, as
                 and collected daily.                                required.

               • Secure materials are bar-coded and                • Monitor student behavior closely for
                 recorded on the security checklists that            adherence to proper test-taking practices.
                 accompany shipments, and must be                    Ensure that there are no distractions during
                 returned to the scoring contractor. Note:           the test administration period, including
                 Schools must account for every secure item          talking, noises, and other interactions
                 recorded on the materials list.                     among students; prevent students from
                                                                     viewing another student’s computer screen
               • Test tickets used to log students into each         or answer document.
                 online test are considered secure materials
                 and must be treated as such. Test rosters,        • Ensure that students whose IEP and/
                 which automatically print along with test           or section 504 plan requires them to use
                 tickets, are also considered secure.                Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and
                                                                     Accommodations have these available to
               • All used scratch paper (including graph             them at the time of testing.
                 paper) must be collected and returned
                 to the building M-STEP Coordinator

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 • Ensure that any student who needs an            Available resources include:
   allowable Universal Tool or Designated
                                                      • grade-level Sample Item Sets
   Support has these resources available to
   them at the time of testing.                       • sample essay prompts
                                                      • Student Tutorials (for use with classrooms
 • Maintain material security.
                                                        of students to provide an overview of what
                                                        they will practice using the OTTs)

Security Compliance                                   • Online Tools Trainings (OTTs) for general
                                                        education students
All staff involved in the administration of
M-STEP tests must read and sign an Office of          • OTTs for students using Supports and
Educational Assessment and Accountability               Accommodations
(OEAA) Assessment Security Compliance Form,        It is highly recommended that schools provide
affirming that they have read the required         students with opportunities to practice using
assessment materials related to their role in      these resources before they take the online or
the M-STEP administration process, and that        paper/pencil tests.
they understand their role and responsibilities.
Completed forms are required from Technology       Online Student Tutorials
Coordinators, District and Building Test
Coordinators, Test Administrators, proctors,       Online Student Tutorials are designed to
and all other staff or volunteers with access      be viewed with students in a classroom
to secure test materials or student responses.     environment to provide an overview of the
All OEAA Assessment Security Compliance            INSIGHT testing engine and tools. It is a
Forms must be returned to the Building M-STEP      companion activity that prepares students for
Coordinator and kept on file for three years.      the Online Tools Training (OTTs). The tutorials
                                                   are not a substitute for the hands-on practice
Anyone involved in the administration of the       that the OTTs provide.
M-STEP is obligated to report any suspected
violations of test security.                       The tutorials are available in two places.
                                                      • DRC INSIGHT Portal (https://mi.drcedirect.
                                                        com) – select “here” in the Documents and
Training Requirements and                               Training Materials bullet point and then
Resources for Students                                  select the Test Tutorials tab. Instructions for
                                                        easy navigation to documents in the DRC
                                                        INSIGHT Portal are on page 2.
Resources for Students to Prepare
for Testing                                           • INSIGHT testing engine – select the tutorial
A number of resources and tools have been               link at the bottom of the screen
developed to help students gain valuable
experience with testing. The resources             Online Tools Training for Students
for online testing may be accessed in the          Online Tools Trainings (OTTs) allow students to
Accessing Online Tools Training mini-              see what different test items look like and to
module available on the DRC INSIGHT Portal         practice using the online testing tools. Before
(www.mi.drcedirect.com) by selecting Show          the testing software is installed, you must use
Documents. Instructions for easy navigation        the Google Chrome web browser to access the
to documents in the DRC INSIGHT Portal are         OTTs at the OTT Portal (https://wbte.drcedirect.
on page 2.                                         com/MI/portals/mi/). Note: If Chrome is not
                                                   your default browser, you will need to copy

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OVERVIEW

            PROGRESS

           and paste this url address into a CHROME web          • text-to-speech (TTS):
           browser. You can access the OTTs through the
           testing software, once it is installed.                 – ELA and mathematics TTS – items only
                                                                     (Designated Support)
           OTT resources include:                                  – ELA TTS – items and passages
            • all ELA, math, science, and social studies             (Accommodation)
              OTTs                                               • Video Sign Language (VSL)
                                                                   (Accommodation)
            • masking (Designated Support)
                                                                Providing students with ample practice
            • color choices/contrasting color (Designated
                                                                opportunities will ensure they are familiar
              Supports)
                                                                with the test content, item types, navigation
            • mathematics stacked Spanish translation           strategies, and system tools on test day.
              (Designated Support)

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Before Testing Checklist                                     » word lists
                                                             » writing formulas
   With the exception of the Test Directions                 » definitions
   for content you will not administer, Test                 » mathematical formulas/theorems
   Administrators are required to read
                                                             » multiplication tables
   this document in its entirety before
   administering any grade 6 M-STEP                          » charts or maps
   assessment.                                               Note: The INSIGHT Tools poster is

                                                                                                             BEFORE TESTING
                                                             allowed if it is posted in the classroom
   Complete the MDE Assessment Security
                                                             (not at students’ desks).
   online course and/or read the Assessment
   Integrity Guide (determined by the District         ¾     Ensure student testing devices are
   or Building Coordinator)                                  positioned in such a way that students
                                                             cannot easily read another student’s
   Sign the OEAA Assessment Security                         screen or interact with one another.
   Compliance Form
                                                       ¾     If using portable testing devices, such as
   Verify INSIGHT software is installed on all               a laptop, iPad, or Chromebook, ensure
   testing devices                                           the devices are connected to a power
   Ensure you know how to launch INSIGHT on                  source (preferred) or fully charged.
   the device students will be using to test           ¾     Check to make sure there are no test
   Ensure students have viewed the student                   tickets or scratch paper left over from
   tutorials and practiced using the OTTs                    another testing session. If found, return
                                                             to the Building Test Coordinator.
   Ensure student’s Designated Supports and/
   or Accommodations (if applicable) have              ¾     Verify the testing room will be free of
   been set and/or that all materials necessary              distractions for the duration of the test
   to administer assigned Designated Supports                session.
   and/or Accommodations are available, such           Obtain a student test ticket for each student
   as headphones for TTS                               who will be testing. Test tickets are secure
   If administering any ELA test or using TTS—         materials and should be securely stored until
   either for directions only or as a Designated       you are ready to pass them out. Students
   Support and/or Accommodation—ensure                 will require a separate ticket for each part of
   that headphones are available                       the test. See chart below on number of test
                                                       tickets needed for each assessment.
   Clearly understand the scheduled testing
   time, including planned breaks                                             Number of Test
                                                      Assessment
   Prepare the classroom for testing:                                        Tickets Required
   ¾   Remove or cover all classroom                  ELA                              One
       instructional materials that may affect
       the validity of the assessment. All            Math                             One
       instructional materials must be removed
       or covered. This includes all information       Make note on the test roster of the test
       regarding the content area of the test          tickets you are distributing. Use the test
       being administered or test-taking               roster to verify you have collected all tickets
       strategies. Examples include, but are not       after students have signed in.
       limited to:
       » tips for taking tests
       » content displays

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                 Test Materials Needed for M-STEP

                      Materials Needed by Test                          Materials Needed by Students
                      Administrator

                      This booklet                                      Test ticket
                      Class set of test tickets and roster for the      Testing device
                      test session being administered
BEFORE TESTING

                                                                        Pencil (optional—needed if scratch paper is
                                                                        used)
                                                                        Headphones for ELA listening or the TTS/HVA
                                                                        Designated Support or TTS for Directions Only
                                                                        Blank scratch paper (optional—Universal Tool)

                             Take a few minutes to review all the parts of this document you will need to read aloud
                             during testing. Use sticky notes or sticky flags to give yourself a quick reference to the
                             next set of directions to read.

                           CHROMEBOOK: If your students are testing on a Chromebook, there are a few
                           additional tasks you’ll need to be aware of. It is important to review the information on
                           page 18 BEFORE the first day of testing to ensure a smooth testing experience.

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Important Tasks During                                 Verifying Supports and
Testing                                                Accommodations on Test Tickets
                                                       For students with Supports and
The following tasks should be performed in the         Accommodations, some of those Supports/
order listed.                                          Accommodations will be displayed at the
                                                       bottom of their test ticket (see the bold text on
Managing Student Test Tickets                          the sample test ticket below).
Test tickets and rosters are secure materials.
                                                                            M-STEP Spring 2021
Once printed, they must be kept in a secure
                                                                            Test Ticket - G6 ELA
location until the test session is scheduled to
                                                                       Student Name: Smith, John J.
begin. Test Administrators are instructed to                              Date of Birth: 11/3/20XX
distribute test tickets just prior to student login,
and to collect test tickets after all students have                         Username: JSMITH1
logged in and begun testing.                                                Password: 234K79HQ

                                                            (Note: Username and password are not case sensitive)
Only one test ticket should be distributed at a             Universal Tools - Designated Supports - Accommodations: MSK
time; students should not have access to any                                  Test Session: gr 6 ela
test ticket other than the test the student is
currently taking.                                      Online Supports and Accommodations are
                                                       abbreviated on the test tickets as follows:
After a testing session is complete, the Test

                                                                                                                               DURING TESTING
Administrator should return all test tickets
                                                                Online Supports/                        Test Ticket
(and rosters, if printed) to the Building M-STEP
                                                                Accommodations                         Abbreviation
Coordinator for:
                                                          Abacus                                        A
 • destruction (if all students finished the test)
                                                          Auditory Amplification                        AA
                        OR
                                                          Alt communication devices                     ACD
 • secure storage (if students have not
   completed the test)                                    Administered Individually/                    AISG
                                                          Small Group

                                                          Sign Language ASL Video                       ASL
             ome schools sort test tickets
            S
            into envelopes for “complete” “in             Administrator Sign Test                       ASTC
                                                          Content in ASL
            progress” and “not started” to help
            manage test tickets.                          Administrator Sign Test                       ASTD
                                                          Directions in ASL

                                                          Bilingual word-to-word                        BWWD
                                                          dictionary

                                                          Color Choices                                 CC

                                                          Continuous Magnification                      CM

                                                          Closed Captioning                             CCAPTION

                                                          Contrasting Color                             CTC

                                                          Masking                                       MSK

                                                          Noise Buffers                                 NB

                                                          Non-embedded Calculator                       NEC

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                           Online Supports/              Test Ticket
                                                                           Item          Permitted?
                           Accommodations               Abbreviation

                      OEAA Multiplication Table         OMT                Pencil        YES – If students are provided
                                                                                         scratch paper as a Universal
                      Oral Translated Test Directions   OTTD
                                                                                         Tool.
                      Read Aloud (Human Reader)         RAHR
                                                                           Highlighter   NO – A highlighting function
                      Scribe (Non-Writing items)        SNWI                             is included within the test
                                                                                         engine.
                      Spanish Translation (Stacked)     ST
                                                                           Additional    YES – Blank scratch paper is
                      Scribe (Writing items)            SWI
                                                                           paper         allowed for ELA, social studies,
                      Text-To Speech (Items Only)       TTS                (provided     science, and mathematics as a
                      Text-to-Speech (Items &           TTSPASSAGE         by School/    Universal Tool.
                      Passages)                                            District)

                      Visual Aids                       VA                 CD and DVD    NO – Not needed for online
                                                                           Players       testing.
                 Test Administrators need to know which                    Headphones    YES – For tests with an audio
                 Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and                 (provided     component (ELA does have a
                 Accommodations are needed for all students                by School/    listening component for each
DURING TESTING

                 prior to the test administration.                         District)     grade) or students using the
                                                                                         TTS/HVA Designated Support
                 Students or Test Administrators will be required
                                                                                         or if TTS for Directions Only
                 to turn on some Accommodations once the
                                                                                         will be used.
                 student has launched INSIGHT.
                                                                                         NO – For tests that do not
                                                                                         have an audio component or
                 Permitted Items in Testing                                              students not using the TTS/
                 Room                                                                    HVA Designated Support.
                                                                           Non-          YES – Non-academic reading
                 Students may only have required testing
                                                                           academic      material is allowed for
                 materials and any Accommodations specified
                                                                           reading       student use after testing is
                 in the student’s IEP, Section 504 Plan, and EL
                                                                           material      completed. Electronic formats
                 instruction documentation at their work spaces
                                                                                         are not allowed. Reading
                 during testing.
                                                                                         material must be a traditional
                                                                                         book or magazine. Reading
                                                                                         material must be kept off
                                                                                         work surface until the test has
                                                                                         been submitted.

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Providing Assistance                                          read a certain section of the item or
                                                              highlight any part of the question
It is particularly important to understand the             ¾ in any way provide any verification of
difference between helping students understand               a correct/incorrect answer if asked by
test directions and online tools and helping                 a student
them with their responses. With the exception
                                                          Any of these activities are inappropriate
of making sure students understand the
                                                          and violate ethical test administration
directions and implementing any approved
                                                          practices and will result in test scores
Universal Tools, Designated Supports, or
                                                          being invalidated.
Accommodation, test administrators and
proctors may not give help of any kind to               » Allowable practices include:
students during this test. This includes defining
                                                           ¾ telling the student to “do their best
or pronouncing words, reading any part of the
                                                             work”
test aloud to students, or manipulating tools.
These activities are not appropriate and will              ¾ telling the student to select their best
result in test scores being invalidated.                     answer for a question

Student Log In and Questions                        Procedures for Testing
 • Assisting a student to log in: if a              Breaks, Interruptions, or
   student is struggling to log in, the Test        Pauses

                                                                                                          DURING TESTING
   Administrator should first verify that
   the student has selected the M-STEP              If a student needs to pause their test for a
   assessment on the INSIGHT screen (and            few minutes, use the blue Pause button in
   not the OTTs). Next, the Test Administrator      the tool bar along the bottom of the screen.
   can tell the student that login and              Once the Pause button is selected, the test
   password are not case sensitive and              questions are removed from the screen (for test
   observe the student typing the login and         security reasons), and the student has up to 20
   password. If the student is still unable to      minutes to return and resume testing before
   login, the Test Administrator may type           being logged out of the test.
   the student login and password with the
   student observing.                               If a student needs to exit the test to move to
                                                    another workstation or to resume at a later
 • Answering student questions: Test                time, select the Pause button, select the Exit
   Administrators must not help students with       button, and then select the Yes, Exit button on
   any content of the test.                         the pop-up screen. The student will need their
    » Prohibited practices include (but are not     test ticket to log in again. The test will remain
      limited to):                                  “In Progress.”
       ¾ providing hints
       ¾ defining any words
       ¾ helping to read or pronounce any
         word
       ¾ pointing out important information in
         the question or suggesting a student

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                 Test Directions – All M-STEP Grade 6 Assessments
                 Introduction
                  1. The Introduction section of Online Test Directions is the same for all online tests. Insert
                     the test name in the appropriate blank as you read the directions to students. (Page 26
                     lists pages for subject-specific directions that are read after the Introduction for schools
                     administering the M-STEP without TTS for Directions Only.)
                  2. Make sure that each student is sitting at a separate testing device and that each device is
                     turned on and the desktop/home screen is visible.
                  3. Make sure that no student is in possession of a cell phone, camera, or other personal electronic
                     device. Any electronic devices must be powered off and stored away from the students’ work
                     area at all times during a test session.

                 Instruct students that they should not open anything on their computers until they are told to do
                 so. The device desktop/home screen should be visible until you instruct students to open INSIGHT.
                 Distribute and ensure students have all allowed test materials.
DURING TESTING

                            Make note on the test roster of the test tickets you are distributing. Use the test roster
                            to verify you have collected all tickets after students have signed in.

                  SAY: Welcome to the M-STEP (Insert Name of Test)                 . We are now ready
                        to begin. It is important that you give this test your best effort so that you can
                        show yourself, your teachers, and your parents what you know and can do.
                        Please carefully follow these directions. Do not select anything on your computer
                        until I tell you to do so.

                         I will now pass out your test ticket.

                 Pass out test tickets.

                  SAY: Each of you now has a test ticket. Check to make sure that your name and
                        correct date of birth appear on the test ticket and it has the correct name of the
                        assessment (Name of assessment)                 . Raise your hand if your test ticket
                        does not have your name, your correct date of birth, or the correct assessment
                        name on it.

                 Correct any ticket distribution errors. If a test ticket contains incorrect student information, report
                 the issue to your Building Assessment Coordinator immediately.

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                                               M-STEP Spring 2021
                                               Test Ticket - G6 ELA
                                          Student Name: Smith, John J.
                                             Date of Birth: 11/3/20XX

                                               Username: JSMITH1
                                               Password: 234K79HQ

                               (Note: Username and password are not case sensitive)
                               Universal Tools - Designated Supports - Accommodations: MSK
                                                 Test Session: gr 6 ela

           A list of Accommodations and the abbreviations used are available on page 13.

If your school is using scratch paper as a Universal Tool, read the following section:

 SAY: I will now pass out scratch paper for you to use during your test.

                                                                                                  DURING TESTING
Pass out scratch paper.

If headphones are needed, read the following section:

 SAY: I will now pass out headphones to use during your test.

Pass out headphones.

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                 Test Sign-In

                  SAY: Now we are ready to begin. First, launch INSIGHT on your computer (or iPad).
                        You should see the Michigan Department of Education screen with a picture
                        for M-STEP, a picture for MI-Access, and a picture for Early Literacy and
                        Mathematics. Is there anyone who does not see this screen?
DURING TESTING

                 Pause to assist students if necessary. If a student receives an error message, note the content of
                 the error message and contact the M-STEP Technology Coordinator or M-STEP Building Assessment
                 Coordinator. It is acceptable to move the student to another computer.

                         CHROMEBOOK: Students can NOT be logged in to a Google account. As a guest, they
                          should be directed to launch INSIGHT by selecting “apps” from the taskbar. This will
                          launch INSIGHT in “kiosk mode.” If the app is launched while signed in to a Google
                          account, they will receive an error.
                         Login steps are the same as for the desktop/laptop version, except that students will use
                         their finger to move the cursor (instead of a mouse). MDE recommends that students use
                         an external keyboard, and if they’ve already been taught, they can use the “tab” key to
                         move the cursor between fields.

                                                          You are not in Kiosk Mode.
                                                   Please raise your hand and wait for help.

                                                        Message to Test Administrator.
                                                    Please restart the Test in Kiosk Mode.

                                                                    OK

                                                  Chromebook Not in Kiosk Mode
                                                         Error Message

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                     ote about iPads: When testing on iPads, after logging in to the
                    N
                    test, students will receive the following message:

                                          Confirm App Self-Lock
                                     DRC INSIGHT wants to start Single
                                    App Mode. You will be unable to use
                                   other apps on iPad until DRC INSIGHT
                                      Single App Mode. Do you want to
                                                 allow this?

                                     No                       Yes

                    Students should be instructed to select “Yes” which will open the
                    test sign-in screen.

When all students are ready,

                                                                                             DURING TESTING
 SAY: On the left-hand side of the screen, under M-STEP, select Test Sign In. You
       should then see the sign-in screen appear. Is there anyone who does not see the
       sign-in screen?

Pause to assist students as necessary.

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                 Welcome Screen
                 When all students are ready,

                  SAY: You may now enter your Username and Password in the spaces provided on
                        the screen. Your Username and Password are found on your test ticket. If you
                        need assistance, please raise your hand. When you have finished entering your
                        Username and Password, select the Sign In button in the middle of the screen.

                       Please do not go ahead. We will do several screens together.

                 Pause while students enter their login credentials. Assist students as necessary to enter the
                 information. Remember: Usernames and Passwords are unique to each student and to each grade/
                 content/part; Usernames and Passwords are not case sensitive. The student’s date of birth should
                 be used to verify that the correct test ticket is given to a student.

                           If a student receives an “invalid login,” select the “back” button in the bottom left
                           corner of the sign-in screen. Select Test Sign In below the M-STEP icon (be sure you
DURING TESTING

                           are not selecting below the MI-Access or Early Literacy and Mathematics icons or the
                           OTT) and try again. Verify correct Username and Password have been entered.

                 When all students are ready,

                  SAY: When you have selected the Sign In button, a welcome screen with your name
                        opens. Is there anyone who does not see the welcome screen with your name?

                 Pause to assist students as necessary.

                                           Welcome Training Student!

                                           Before yo begin testing, please confirm your profile information is correct.

                                           Test Name:                          Grade # Math
                                           Test Session:                       Student’s Session

                                           Your Date of Birth is:           01/02/XXXX
                                           Your State Student ID (UIC) is:  123456789
                                           Your District Student ID is:     012345678
                                           Tools - Supports - Accommodations:

                                           If the above information is correct, please select Continue.

                                           If any of the above information is not correct, please raise your hand and notify your Assessment Administrator.

                                                                                                                                              Exit

                                                 Welcome Screen with No Accommodations

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When all students are ready,

 SAY: Look at the information on the welcome screen and make sure that the following
       facts about you are correct:

       • Your first name, middle initial (if available), and last name
       • Your test name
       • Your test session
       • Your date of birth
       • Your State Student ID (also called your UIC)
       • Your District Student ID (if available)

                          Welcome Training Student!

                          Before yo begin testing, please confirm your profile information is correct.

                          Test Name:                        Grade # ELA
                          Test Session:                     Student’s Session

                          Your Date of Birth is:            01/02/XXXX
                          Your State Student ID (UIC) is:   123456789
                          Your District Student ID is:      012345678
                          Tools - Supports -
                          Accommodations:                   DS - Masking (MSK), DS - Color Choices (CC), DS - Contrasting Color (CTC)

                                                                                                                                                  DURING TESTING
                          If the above information is correct, please select Continue.

                          If any of the above information is not correct, please raise your hand and notify your Assessment Administrator.

                                                                                                                              Exit

                             Welcome Screen with Color Chooser Option

          This screen is the first opportunity to turn on the color Accommodations for students
          with vision impairments that require one or more of these Designated
          Supports. Color Choices (CC) and Contrasting Color (CTC) are available using the
          Options button when assigned in the DRC INSIGHT Portal by the Building Assessment
          Coordinator. You may need to assist these students.

 SAY: If the information about you is correct, select the Continue button. If the
       information is not correct, raise your hand.

Pause to assist students as necessary.

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                 When students are ready,

                  SAY: After you have selected the Continue button, the test selection screen will open.
                        Is there anyone who does not see the test selection screen?

                 Pause to assist students as necessary.
                                            The following tests have been scheduled for Training Student.

                                            Once instructed, click on the test link below to start the test.
                                            If no additional tests are available, please select Exit to close the application.

                                                • 06 ELA.
DURING TESTING

                                                                                                                                 Exit

                  • If you are administering this assessment with TTS for Test Directions Only,
                    go to page 23.
                  • If you are administering this assessment without TTS for Test Directions Only,
                    go to page 24.

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For Administration with TTS Directions Only – All Grade 6 Tests

 SAY: Use your pointer to select (test name). Once you have selected the test
       name, the audio check screen should open. Is there anyone who does not
       see the audio check screen?

               You will need to listen to some information in order to answer a few of the questions on this test. To
               check that the sound on your computer works, follow these steps:

               1. Select Play Audio.
               2. If you hear ‘If you can hear my voice, select the sound is working button’, select The Sound is
                  Working button.
               3. If you do not hear ‘If you can hear my voice, select the sound is working button’, select The Try
                  Again or raise your hand and ask for help.

                      Play Audio

 SAY: You will need to listen to some information in order to answer a few of the
       questions on this test. To check that the sound on your computer works, follow
       these steps:

                                                                                                                             TTS DIRECTIONS
       1. Select Play Audio.
       2. If you hear “If you can hear my voice, select The Sound is Working button,”
          select The Sound is Working button.
       3. If you do not hear “If you can hear my voice, select The Sound is Working
          button,” select Try Again or raise your hand and ask for help.

          If a student’s headphones are plugged in and the volume on the headphones is turned
          up but the student does not hear the test, the student must log out, close INSIGHT,
          and verify that the computer volume is turned up and not muted.

When all students are ready,

 SAY: When you are listening to the test directions, you can increase the volume by
       selecting the Options button. You can pause by selecting the pause button or
       stop the directions by selecting the stop button.

       You will listen to several directions screens that will tell you what you are
       allowed to do and what you are not allowed to do during the test. It will also
       show you the tools that are available to you during the test.

       Be sure to listen to these directions carefully. Does anyone have any questions?

Answer any questions.

 SAY: If you have any questions after listening to the directions, raise your hand and I
       will come over to answer your question.

       Select the blue play button on your screen to listen to the directions.

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                 For Administration without TTS Directions Only – All Grade 6 Tests

                  SAY: Use your pointer to select (test name). Once you have selected the test
                        name, the audio check screen should open. Is there anyone who does not
                        see the audio check screen?

                                    You will need to listen to some information in order to answer a few of the questions on this test. To
                                    check that the sound on your computer works, follow these steps:

                                    1. Select Play Audio.
                                    2. If you hear ‘If you can hear my voice, select the sound is working button’, select The Sound is
                                       Working button.
                                    3. If you do not hear ‘If you can hear my voice, select the sound is working button’, select The Try
                                       Again or raise your hand and ask for help.

                                           Play Audio

                  If you are administering the test without TTS for Directions and have no students using the
                  TTS Designated Support:
DURING TESTING

                      SAY: This screen plays an audio check. You will not be using any audio on this test.
                            Press the “Play Audio” button, you may not hear anything, but in a moment
                            a green button that reads “The Sound is Working” will appear. When you see
                            the green “The Sound is Working” button, select this button to move to the
                            next page and wait for further instructions.

                   If you are administering the test without TTS for Directions and have some students using
                  the TTS Designated Support:

                      SAY: This screen plays an audio check. If you have not been provided headphones,
                            you will not be using any audio on this test. Press the “Play Audio” button,
                            you may not hear anything, but in a moment a green button that reads
                            “The Sound is Working” will appear. When you see the green “The Sound is
                            Working” button, select this button to move to the next page.

                           If you have been provided headphones, you will need to listen to some
                           information in order to answer a few of the questions on this test. To check
                           that the sound on your computer works, follow these steps: select Play Audio.
                           If you hear “If you can hear my voice, select the sound is working button”,
                           select The Sound is Working button. If you do not hear “If you can hear my
                           voice, select the sound is working button”, select Try Again or raise your hand
                           and ask for help.

                             If you have devices with volume turned on but no headphones, you may hear the
                             audio play on these devices. Instruct students to select the Sound is Working button
                             to go to the next screen.

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System Check and Test Security

 SAY: I will now read the Test Directions. Read the Test Directions silently as I read
       them aloud. Use the Next button to move to the next page to follow along.

Note: For students taking the Math Accommodated Stacked Spanish (ST) form, the Spanish test
directions will appear first, followed by the English version. For students using the Human Voice
Audio (HVA) feature, only the Spanish portions will be read aloud.

(Read Aloud for ALL ASSESSMENTS)
Check monitors to confirm that all students are now on the “Test Security” page.

                             Test Security
                             You are about to take the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP. In order for
                             the results to be valid, you must not:

                                •   talk to help another student
                                •   look at or copy another student’s computer screen or allow another student to look at yours.
                                •   allow anyone to give you answers or change your answers.
                                •   use your cell phone or any other electronic device, including an eBook.
                                •   take pictures or make copies of any test materials.
                                •   cause a disturbance.
                                •   remove test tickets or scratch paper from the room.
                                •   post or chat about any part of the test through social media (for example: Facebook,
                                    Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, etc.).

                             If you do not understand these directions or have questions, please raise your hand.

                             Now, select the        Next arrow to go to the next page.

                                                                                                                                        DURING TESTING
 SAY: You should now be on the Test Security screen.
       You are about to take the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or
       M-STEP. In order for the results to be valid, you must not:
         • talk to or help another student
         • look at or copy another student’s computer screen or allow another student
           to look at yours
         • allow anyone to give you answers or change your answers
         • use your cell phone or any other electronic device, including an eBook
         • take pictures or make copies of any test materials
         • cause a disturbance
         • remove test tickets or scratch paper from the room
         • post or chat about any part of the test through social media (for example:
           Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)
       If you do not understand these directions or have questions, please raise your
       hand.

Pause for questions.

 SAY: Now, select the Next arrow to go to the next page.

M-STEP Grade 6 Online Test Directions – Spring 2021                                                                                25
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