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

 
TM

 M-STEP Paper/Pencil
  Test Administrator’s
Directions and Manual
              Grade 8
 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress

                                          Spring 2021

                             Michigan Department of Education
            Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability
Copyright © 2021, held by the State Administrative Board, State of Michigan.
Michigan schools have permission to duplicate this product for use within Michigan schools.
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INTRODUCTION................................. 1              Security Compliance .......................... 6

 Assessments Covered......................... 1              Training Requirements
                                                             and Resources for Students................. 7
 Key.................................................. 1
                                                                Resources for Students
                                                                to Prepare for Testing........................... 7
OVERVIEW........................................ 2

 Introduction...................................... 2       BEFORE TESTING............................... 8

 M-STEP Assessments.......................... 2              Before Testing Checklist...................... 8

 What’s New....................................... 2         Test Materials Needed for M-STEP......... 9

 Science............................................. 3     DURING TESTING............................ 10
    Calculator Policy for
    Science Assessments............................ 3        Important Tasks During Testing...........10
                                                                Managing Student Test Materials.......... 10
 Social Studies.................................... 3
                                                             Permitted Items in Testing Room.........10
 Required Grade 8 Testing.................... 3
                                                             Providing Assistance..........................11
 Scratch Paper Guidelines .................... 3
                                                                Student Questions.............................. 11
 Designated Supports and
 Accommodations................................ 3            Test Directions for the
                                                             Student Demographic Page –
 Call Center Contact Information........... 4                All M-STEP Grade 8 Assessments.........12
                                                                Administration Directions for Completing
 OEAA Communications
                                                                the Student Data Grid......................... 12
 with Schools and Districts.................... 4
                                                             Test Directions for Grade 8
 Standardized Testing.......................... 4
                                                             Science Day 1: Part 1........................15
 Testing Schedules............................... 5
                                                             Test Directions for Grade 8
 Test Session Timings.......................... 5            Science Day 1: Part 2........................17

 Assessment Security........................... 5            Test Directions for Grade 8
                                                             Social Studies...................................18
    Overview of Required
    Security Practices ................................ 5
    Assessment Security Training ................ 5         AFTER TESTING............................... 20

 Material Security ............................... 6         Assemble Materials
                                                             for Return........................................20
 Test Administration ............................ 6
                                                             Checklist for Test Administrators.........20

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APPENDICES................................... 21                  APPENDIX B:
                                                                  M-STEP Scratch Paper Policy...............23
     APPENDIX A:
                                                                    Terms............................................... 23
     M-STEP Calculator Policy....................21
                                                                    Online Testers: Mathematics ............... 23
     Online and Paper/Pencil Testers ..........21                   Online Testers:
        Mathematics...................................... 21        English Language Arts,
                                                                    Science, and Social Studies................. 23
        Science............................................. 21
                                                                    Paper/Pencil Testers: Mathematics........ 23
     Online Testers ..................................21            Paper/Pencil Testers:
                                                                    English Language Arts,
     Paper/Pencil Testers ..........................21              Science, and Social Studies................. 24
     Important Notes...............................21             APPENDIX C:
        Alignment......................................... 21     M-STEP Incident Reporting Guide........25
        Fairness............................................ 22
        Managing Online Testers and
        External Hand-held Calculators ........... 22

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The M-STEP Grade 8 Test Administrator’s           Assessments Covered
Paper/Pencil Directions and Manual includes
all information that a Test Administrator needs   These test directions apply to the following
to know to administer any grade 8 M-STEP          Grade 8 assessments:
assessment. With the exception of the Test         • Science
Directions for content you will not administer,
Test Administrators are required to read this      • Social Studies
document in its entirety before administering
any grade 8 M-STEP assessment.

The following sections are included in this
document:

 • Overview
 • Before Testing
 • During Testing
 • Test Administration Directions
 • After Testing

Key

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           Introduction                                       all grades assessed (5, 8, and 11). Students
                                                              are allowed to take breaks during testing.
           On January 25, 2021, the Michigan Department       Schools and districts should work with Test
           of Education (MDE) delivered a request to the      Administrators to determine when breaks are
           U.S. Department of Education to waive certain      necessary and in the best interest of students.
           assessment and accountability requirements
           of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act          To simplify the materials Test Administrators
           (ESSA) including the Spring 2021 M-STEP. To        are required to read before testing, MDE has
           comply with current law, MDE and the Office        created updated Test Administrator’s Directions
           of Educational Assessment and Accountability       and Manual documents (this document) for
           (OEAA) must continue to prepare for the            each grade by test mode (online and paper/
           required spring assessments in the event           pencil). These updated documents include test
           the USED does not grant our waiver request.        administration directions and other materials
           Updates regarding the status of this request       that cover everything Test Administrators need
           will be provided through the weekly Spotlight      to know regarding test administration. This
           on Assessment and Accountability newsletter.       updated information would otherwise have
           Please know the health, safety, and well-being     been included in the Test Administration Manual
           of students, educators, and their families is      (TAM). Therefore, Test Administrators are no
           MDE’s first priority.                              longer required to read the TAM; however, they
                                                              are required to read the Test Administrator’s
                                                              Directions and Manual (this document) before
           M-STEP Assessments                                 administering any M-STEP test session.

           The Spring 2021 Michigan Student Test of           In order to help with Test Schedule development,
           Educational Progress (M-STEP) includes             MDE has provided recommendations for test
           summative assessments designed to measure          time estimates, test sessions, and breaks
           student performance relative to the Michigan       within sessions on page 5 of this manual.
           Academic Standards in English language             These are recommendations to assist districts
           arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and social       and buildings in the development of testing
           studies. This overview will describe the unique    schedules—they are not required.
           characteristics of these content–area tests.
                                                              Assessment Security training requirements
                                                              have been updated for Spring 2021.

           What’s New                                         Test Administrators and Proctors are required to
                                                              either
           Updates to Spring 2021 M-STEP testing
           were planned for Spring 2020 but were not            • complete either the MDE Assessment
           implemented due to the cancellation of testing.        Security online course
           These updates will be applied in Spring 2021.
                                                                                    OR
           The M-STEP science test will be operational in
           Spring 2021. The M-STEP science test assesses        • to read the Assessment Integrity Guide.
           the Michigan K-12 Science Standards in grades
                                                              Any educators who completed the Assessment
           5, 8, and 11.
                                                              Security training modules in the past are
           The M-STEP social studies test will continue to    allowed to take the Assessment Security
           measure the Michigan Academic Standards for        Refresher course in place of the full Assessment
           social studies that were adopted in 2007. The      Security Training modules. More information
           social studies test will have only one part for

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about the Assessment Security Refresher             Social Studies
course is available on the M-STEP web
page (www.michigan.gov/mstep) under the             Social studies is assessed in grades 5, 8, and
Professional Development section.                   11 with a fixed-form online or paper/pencil
                                                    test. The Spring 2021 M-STEP assessments are
                                                    based on the 2007 Michigan K-12 Social Studies
Science                                             Standards and do not reflect any changes in
                                                    the recently approved 2019 Social Studies
The M-STEP science test is operational in Spring    Standards. The test will have:
2021. The M-STEP science test assesses the
Michigan K-12 Science Standards in grades 5,         • one part to be completed in one day for
8, and 11. This is a fixed-form online or paper/       paper/pencil testers in grade 8
pencil test. This year, the test will have:

 • two parts to be completed in one day for         Required Grade 8 Testing
   paper/pencil testers in grades 5 and 8
                                                    Students in grade 8 will take the M-STEP
The test will include seven clusters.               science and social studies tests, and the PSAT
 • Cluster – a stimulus (or context) about          8/9. Information on administering the PSAT 8/9
   a phenomenon and a set of 5-8 related            is found in the PSAT 8/9 Coordinator Manual
   items designed to assess all performance         and on the PSAT web page (www.michigan.gov/
   expectations (standards) in one topic bundle     psat).

 • Topic Bundle – a group of related
   performance expectations (standards) that        Scratch Paper Guidelines
   are assessed as a group
                                                    Scratch paper use varies by test grade, and
Calculator Policy for Science                       content area. Be sure to review the state’s full
                                                    Scratch Paper Policy in Appendix B.
Assessments
Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 are allowed to
use calculators for both the online and paper/      Designated Supports and
pencil science assessment.
                                                    Accommodations
Calculator Use for Paper/Pencil                     The Michigan Supports and Accommodations
Testers                                             Guidance Document, which includes the
Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 taking a paper/     Supports and Accommodations Tables,
pencil test will use a handheld calculator on the   presents appropriate universal tools, designated
entire test. Students in grade 5 will use a basic   supports, accommodations, identification
calculator, and students in grades 8 and 11 will    processes, classroom considerations, and
use a scientific calculator.                        guidelines for all state assessments. The
                                                    document can be found on the M-STEP web
The state’s full Calculator Policy can be           page (www.michigan.gov/mstep). Guidance in
found in Appendix A. Coordinators and/or Test       the documents pertains to general education
Administrators may copy and share the policy        students, as well as to English learners (ELs),
in its entirety with others involved in testing.    students with disabilities (SWDs), and students
                                                    who are considered ELs and are also identified
                                                    as SWDs.

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           Call Center Contact                                      OEAA Communications with
           Information                                              Schools and Districts
           The Office of Educational Assessment and                 Keeping educators up to date regarding
           Accountability (OEAA) has a call center to               changes in assessment and accountability is
           answer questions related to M-STEP testing.              critical. The OEAA communicates with the field
                                                                    in a number of different ways, including:
           Agents are available to receive questions at
           the following toll-free phone number and email             • Spotlight on Student Assessment and
           address during the specified hours.                          Accountability weekly newsletter – sign
                                                                        up to receive the newsletter and/or read
               • Call: 1-877-560-8378                                   archived copies on the Spotlight web page
                                                                        (www.michigan.gov/mde-spotlight)
               • Email: mde-oeaa@michigan.gov
                                                                      • M-STEP web page (www.michigan.gov/
               • December 1, 2020 - April 12, 2021:
                                                                        mstep)
                 8:00 AM–5:00 PM (M–F)
                                                                      • DRC INSIGHT Portal (https://mi.drcedirect.
               • April 12, 2021 - May 28, 2021:
                                                                        com)
                 7:00 AM–5:00 PM (M-F)
                                                                      • the Announcement page on the OEAA
           The following table shows the options related to
                                                                        Secure Site (www.michigan.gov/oeaa-
           the M-STEP that are available on the call center
                                                                        secure)
           phone menu. Select the appropriate option
           when contacting the OEAA, either through                   • presentations at state conferences,
           our toll-free number (877-560-8378) or the                   including the Michigan School Testing
           Lansing-area local number (517-241-4102).                    Conference held each year in February

                                                                    Check these sources regularly to stay up to
           Topic                                          Option
                                                                    date on assessment- and accountability-related
               Known or suspected cheating or                       issues and activities.
               unethical testing practices on any state     1
               assessment

               DRC INSIGHT Portal, INSIGHT, Central                 Standardized Testing
               Office Services (COS), or online
                                                            2
               assessment tools related to the online               Uniform procedures are essential to a
               M-STEP                                               standardized testing program. To ensure
               OEAA Secure Site, testing policies and               comparable scores, all testing staff must
               paper/pencil materials regarding the                 follow the same testing procedures and give
                                                            3
               M-STEP, MI-Access, and Accountability                instructions exactly as they appear in this
               reporting                                            manual.

                                                                    Ensure that you and all testing staff comply
                                                                    with all applicable laws, including those relating
                                                                    to discrimination. By strictly following policies
                                                                    and procedures, you give students the best
                                                                    guarantee of fair testing and the best possible
                                                                    test day experience.

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Testing Schedules                                   and security. District and Building Coordinators
                                                    are required to read the AIG in its entirety.
Part 1 of the test should be administered before    By following the guidelines in the Assessment
Part 2. However, when students miss a test          Integrity Guide, schools ensure that:
Part(s), students should take the remaining
Part(s) with the class, and complete the             • student test results are valid and reliable
missed Part(s) in a makeup session. The test is
                                                     • the testing context is equitable for all
untimed and student‑paced. Students must be
                                                       students
given as much time as needed during the same
continuous session to complete each section of       • all practices are ethical
this test. Arrangements should be made before
testing begins for any student who may need         Overview of Required Security
additional time to complete a part of the test.
                                                    Practices
                                                    For additional information on required security
Test Session Timings                                practices before, during, and after the test
                                                    administration, refer to the checklists in
                                                    Appendix G of the AIG.
    Spring 2021 Estimated Test Session
             Timings Grade 8                        Assessment Security Training
          Content Area                Grade 8       All staff members who participate in a state
M-STEP Science Part 1                   :45         assessment must be fully trained in assessment
M-STEP Science Part 2                   :45         security.

M-STEP Social Studies                   :60         Test Administrators/Room Supervisors/
PSAT 8/9 (ELA and Mathematics)          2:40        Proctors/ Training Requirements:
Estimated Total Hours                   5:10         • complete the MDE Assessment Security
                                                       online course and/or read the Assessment
                                                       Integrity Guide (determined by the District
Assessment Security                                    or Building Coordinator)

The primary goals of test security are to protect   Any educators who completed the Assessment
the integrity of the assessment and to ensure       Security training modules in the past are
that results are accurate and meaningful. Test      allowed to take the Assessment Security
security is integral in ensuring that no student    Refresher course in place of the full Assessment
has an unfair advantage or a disadvantage in        Security Training modules. More information
assessment performance.                             about the Assessment Security Refresher
                                                    course is available on the M-STEP web
The Assessment Integrity Guide (AIG) was            page (www.michigan.gov/mstep) under the
revised and updated in November 2020. This          Professional Development section.
document, available for download on the M-STEP
web page (www.michigan.gov/mstep), details
how state-level assessments should be securely
administered. The AIG also includes information
on roles and responsibilities of testing staff,
test preparation, administration irregularities,

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           Material Security                                       Test Administration
               • All materials that allow access to or contain     All testing staff must adhere to these
                 test questions or student responses are           guidelines.
                 considered secure materials and must               • Ensure an appropriate testing environment
                 be handled in a way that maintains their             is maintained.
                 security before, during, and after testing.
                 This includes paper/pencil materials,              • Begin all standardized test administration
                 accommodated materials, used scratch                 procedures according to the explicit
                 paper, online test tickets, and test rosters.        directions in the Test Administrator’s
                                                                      Directions and Manual.
               • All secure materials must be retained in one
                 secure, locked location within the school.         • Read test directions to the students exactly
                 During the test administration window, the           as they are written, as required.
                 materials must be distributed and collected
                 daily.                                             • Monitor student behavior closely for
                                                                      adherence to proper test-taking practices.
               • Secure materials are bar-coded and                   Ensure that there are no distractions during
                 recorded on the security checklists that             the test administration period, including
                 accompany shipments, and must be                     talking, noises, and other interactions
                 returned to the scoring contractor. Note:            among students; prevent students from
                 Schools must account for every secure item           viewing another student’s computer screen
                 recorded on the materials list.                      or answer document.

               • Unused answer documents must be securely           • Ensure that students whose IEP and or
                 shredded.                                            Section 504 plan requires them to use
                                                                      universal tools, designated supports, and
               • All used scratch paper (including graph              accommodations have these available to
                 paper) must be collected and returned                them at the time of testing.
                 to the building M-STEP Coordinator
                 immediately after testing, to be shredded.         • Ensure that any student who needs an
                 No used scratch or graph paper may be kept           allowable universal tool or designated
                 in the classroom. Used scratch paper must            support has these resources available to
                 never be taken from one test session to              them at the time of testing.
                 another.
                                                                    • Maintain material security.
               • No test materials that contain test questions
                 or student responses may be copied at any
                 time or retained in the schools.                  Security Compliance
               • The use of cameras or cell phones and the         All staff involved in the administration of
                 posting of pictures to social media sites         M-STEP tests must read and sign an Office of
                 during testing is an enormous security risk.      Educational Assessment and Accountability
                 Therefore, students or testing personnel may      (OEAA) Assessment Security Compliance Form,
                 not take photographs at any time during           affirming that they have read the required
                 testing. If students violate this policy, their   assessment materials related to their role in
                 tests will be marked “Prohibited Behavior”        the M-STEP administration process, and that
                 and no emergency tests will be permitted.         they understand their role and responsibilities.

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Completed forms are required from Technology     Available resources include:
Coordinators, District and Building Test           • grade-level Sample Item Sets
Coordinators, Test Administrators, proctors,
and all other staff or volunteers with access      • sample essay prompts
to secure test materials or student responses.   It is highly recommended that schools provide
All OEAA Assessment Security Compliance          students with opportunities to practice using
Forms must be returned to the Building M-STEP    these resources before they take the paper/
Coordinator and kept on file for three years.    pencil tests.

Anyone involved in the administration of the     Providing students with ample practice
M-STEP is obligated to report any suspected      opportunities will ensure they are familiar with
violations of test security.                     the test content and item types on test day.

Training Requirements and
Resources for Students
Resources for Students to Prepare
for Testing
A number of resources and tools have been
developed to help students gain valuable
experience with testing. Sample items for
paper/pencil testers are available on the
M-STEP web page (www.michigan.gov/mstep).

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                 Before Testing Checklist                               ¾   Ensure students are positioned in such
                                                                            a way that students cannot easily read
                     With the exception of the Test Directions              another student’s test or interact with
                     for content you will not administer, Test              one another.
                     Administrators are required to read                ¾   Check to make sure there are no test
                     this document in its entirety before                   materials left over from another testing
                     administering any grade 8 M-STEP                       session. If found, return to the Building
                     assessment.                                            Test Coordinator.
BEFORE TESTING

                     Complete the MDE Assessment Security               ¾   Verify the testing room will be free of
                     online course and/or read the Assessment               distractions for the duration of the test
                     Integrity Guide (determined by the District            session.
                     or Building Coordinator).
                                                                        Ensure each student answer document
                     Sign the OEAA Assessment Security                  has a barcode label attached. If an answer
                     Compliance Form.                                   document does not have a barcode label, the
                     Ensure student’s designated supports and/          student may test, then notify the Building
                     or accommodations (if applicable) have             Assessment Coordinator so a barcode label
                     been set and/or that all materials necessary       can be attached.
                     to administer assigned designated supports
                                                                                             Number of Test
                     and/or accommodations are available.                Assessment
                                                                                                Parts
                     Clearly understand the scheduled testing
                                                                         Social Studies        1 part; 1 day
                     time, including planned breaks.
                     Prepare the classroom for testing:                  Science               2 parts; 1 day

                     ¾   Remove or cover all classroom
                                                                        Ensure all designated supports and
                         instructional materials that may affect
                                                                        accommodations are completed in the
                         the validity of the assessment. All
                                                                        demographic portion of the answer
                         instructional materials must be removed
                                                                        documents.
                         or covered. This includes all information
                         regarding the content area of the test
                         being administered or test-taking
                         strategies. Examples include, but are not
                         limited to:
                         » tips for taking tests
                         » content displays
                         » word lists
                         » writing formulas
                         » definitions
                         » mathematical formulas/theorems
                         » multiplication tables
                         » charts or maps

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Test Materials Needed for M-STEP

   Materials Needed by Test                       Materials Needed by Students
   Administrator

   This booklet                                   Test booklet
                                                  Answer document

                                                                                                           BEFORE TESTING
                                                  At least two sharpened No. 2 pencils per
                                                  student
   Spare sharpened No. 2 pencils
   (recommended)                                  Blank scratch paper (optional—universal tool)
                                                  Scientific calculator for both parts of the
                                                  science test. All programmable calculators
                                                  must be set to TEST mode.

          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.

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                 Important Tasks During                               Permitted Items in Testing
                 Testing                                              Room
                 The following tasks should be performed in the       Students may only have required testing
                 order listed.                                        materials and any accommodations specified
                                                                      in the student’s IEP, Section 504 Plan, and EL
                 Managing Student Test Materials                      instruction documentation at their work spaces
                                                                      during testing.
                 Test booklets, used answer documents, and
                 used scratch/graph paper are secure materials.
                 They must be kept in a secure location until          Item          Permitted?
                 the test session is scheduled to begin. Test
                                                                       Pencil        YES – If students are provided
                 Administrators are instructed to distribute test
                                                                                     scratch paper as a universal
                 materials just prior to student testing.
                                                                                     tool.
                 After a testing session is complete, the Test         Highlighter   YES
                 Administrator should return all test materials to
                 the Building M-STEP Coordinator for:                  Additional    YES – Blank scratch paper is
                                                                       paper         allowed for ELA, social studies,
                  • destruction (if all students finished the test)    (provided     science, and mathematics as a
                    OR                                                 by School/    universal tool.
                                                                       District)
DURING TESTING

                  • secure storage (if students have not
                    completed the test)                                Calculator    YES – Scientific calculator is
                                                                                     allowed for science only. All
                 Test Administrators need to know which                              programmable calculators
                 universal tools, designated supports, and                           must be set to TEST mode
                 accommodations are needed for all students                          during the test.
                 prior to the test administration.
                                                                       CD and DVD    NO
                                                                       Players
                                                                       Headphones    NO
                                                                       (provided
                                                                       by School/
                                                                       District)
                                                                       Non-          YES – Non-academic reading
                                                                       academic      material is allowed for
                                                                       reading       student use after testing is
                                                                       material      completed. Electronic formats
                                                                                     are not allowed. Reading
                                                                                     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                                    » pointing out important information in the
                                                          question or suggesting a student read a
It is particularly important to understand the            certain section of the item or highlight
difference between helping students understand            any part of the question
test directions and online tools and helping            » in any way provide any verification of a
them with their responses. With the exception             correct/incorrect answer if asked by a
of making sure students understand the                    student
directions and implementing any approved
                                                    Any of these activities are inappropriate and
universal tools, designated supports, or
                                                    violate ethical test administration practices and
accommodation, Test Administrators and
                                                    will result in test scores being invalidated.
proctors may not give help of any kind to
students during this test. This includes defining    • Allowable practices include:
or pronouncing words, reading any part of the
                                                        » telling the student to “do their best
test aloud to students, or manipulating tools.
                                                          work”
These activities are not appropriate and will
result in test scores being invalidated.                » telling the student to select their best
                                                          answer for a question
Student Questions
Answering student questions: Test
Administrators must not help students with any
content of the test.

                                                                                                          DURING TESTING
 • Prohibited practices include (but are not
   limited to):
    » providing hints
    » defining any words
    » helping to read or pronounce any word

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                         Test Directions for the Student Demographic Page –
                                   All M-STEP Grade 8 Assessments

                   Use the following information and script to       Distribute test materials to students. Remind
                   assist students in completing the Student         students not to open their test booklets until
                   Data Grid on the front cover of each student      told to do so and to put away all materials that
                   answer document at the start of every test        may not be used during the test. Scratch paper
                   administration. Repeat these directions and       is allowed as a universal tool for students who
                   script for all subjects.                          need it. Test booklets are designed to have
                                                                     ample space for note-taking. If used, blank
                   All directions that a TA needs to read to         scratch paper must be distributed at the start
                   students are in shaded boxes so they stand        of each test session or part, collected at the
                   out from the regular text. They should be read    end of each part, and securely returned to the
                   exactly as they are written, using a natural      Building Assessment Coordinator for shredding.
                   tone and manner. (All other information is for    Scratch paper must be treated at all times as a
                   the Test Administrator and should not be read     secure material.
                   to the students.) If the TA makes a mistake
                   in reading a direction, the TA should stop and    Make sure each student has his or her own
                   say, “I made a mistake. Listen again.” Then the   answer document before the test begins. If a
                   direction should be reread.                       student’s name is misspelled on the answer
DEMOGRAPHIC PAGE

                                                                     document, corrections can be made at a later
                   Administration Directions for                     date prior to the return of materials to the
                   Completing the Student Data Grid                  scoring contractor. Immediately notify the
                                                                     school M-STEP coordinator, who can help you
                   Non-personal information the students will be     resolve this problem after the test is completed.
                   entering on the Student Data Grid at the start
                   of testing may be posted so that all students     Read aloud the directions in the shaded blocks.
                   can see it (including a whiteboard, smartboard,
                   chalkboard) prior to the start of test
                   administration. This information can include:       [SAY] Do not open your test booklet until
                                                                       told to do so.
                    • Teacher Name
                                                                       During this test, you must turn off and put
                    • School Name                                      away all electronic devices, including cell
                    • District Name (leave blank for                   phones, tablets, smart watches and other
                      non-public schools)                              wireless devices. The only items you may
                                                                       have on your desk or table are the materials
                    • Assessment Date (today’s date)
                                                                       necessary for the test.
                    • Form Number
                      (Standard forms are Form 1. Emergency            All answers must be marked in your answer
                      forms are Form 2. For all subjects, the          document using a No. 2 pencil only.
                      Braille forms are Form 88. Note that form        Make sure that you have a 2021 M-STEP
                      numbers always appear on the front cover         (insert grade and subject)          Test
                      of the Test Booklet.)                            Booklet.

                                                                       Write your name on the line labeled
                                                                       “Student Name” on the front cover of your
                                                                       test booklet.

                                                                     Pause.

                   12                                      M-STEP Grade 8 Paper/Pencil Test Directions – Spring 2021
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 [SAY] Look at your answer document. Make          [SAY] In the space labeled “Day,” print the
 sure you have your own answer document.           digits of the day on which you were born.
 The box at the top of the page should             If there is only one digit in your day of
 contain a label with your name and other          birth, print a zero before the numeral. For
 information.                                      example, if your day of birth is the seventh,
                                                   you would print the digits zero and seven.
 Raise your hand if your name does not
 appear in this box or if the label is missing.    In the two columns below “Day,” fill in the
                                                   bubbles for the digits of the day on which
                                                   you were born. Fill in only one bubble in
           If any students do not have a          each column.
           barcode label affixed, they can
           still test, but the Building M-STEP    Pause.
           Assessment Coordinator must be
           notified.                               [SAY] In the space labeled “Year,” print the
                                                   last two digits of the year in which you were
                                                   born.
 [SAY] Follow these steps to complete the
 Student Data Grid. Turn to the front cover of     In the two columns below “Year,” fill in the
 your answer document.                             bubbles for the last two digits of the year in
                                                   which you were born. Fill in only one bubble

                                                                                                          DEMOGRAPHIC PAGE
 Write your name on the line that says,            in each column.
 “Student Name.”

 Write (insert teacher name)                on
                                                  Pause.
 the line that says “Teacher Name.”
                                                  Make sure each student has filled in the correct
 Write (insert school name)                on
                                                  bubbles for the month, day, and year of birth.
 the line that says “School.”

 Write (insert district name)              on
 the line that says “District.”                    [SAY] Next, find the section labeled
                                                   “Assessment Date.”

                                                   In the first column, fill in the bubble next to
Non-public schools may leave “District” blank.     the current month.

Pause.                                             The next two spaces are for today’s date.
                                                   Write the numbers for today’s date in the
 [SAY] Find the section labeled “Birth Date.”      spaces provided. If there is only one digit
 In the column under “Month,” fill in the          in today’s date, print a zero before the
 bubble next to the month in which you were        numeral. For example, if the date is the
 born.                                             seventh, you would print the digits zero and
                                                   seven.

Pause.                                             In the two columns below today’s date, fill in
                                                   the bubbles for the numerals of the date. Fill
                                                   in only one bubble in each column.

                                                   The year is already filled in for you.

                                                  Pause to allow students to finish.

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                    [SAY] Now find the section labeled “Form.”
                    Then check the front cover of your Test
                    Booklet to find the correct form number.
                    Bubble in that form number.

                   Check to make sure all students have bubbled
                   the correct form number. It is critical that the
                   correct form number is bubbled on the answer
                   document in order to ensure the student’s test
                   is scored properly.

                   When the students have completed the Student
                   Data Grid, turn to the appropriate page in this
                   document for subject-specific test directions,
                   and continue with test administration.
DEMOGRAPHIC PAGE

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                    Test Directions for Grade 8 Science
                               Day 1: Part 1

Be sure you have completed the directions on
                                                   [SAY] PART 1 DIRECTIONS
pages 12–14 before you start this section.
                                                   You will be taking Part 1 of the Science
                                                   M-STEP. This part includes passages
 [SAY] Now you will be taking Part 1 of the        and pictures that you will read and use
 M-STEP Science Assessment.                        to answer different types of questions.
 Turn to page 3 in your answer document.           Carefully read each passage and look at
                                                   each picture before answering the questions
 Open your test booklet to page 3.                 that follow. Calculators are allowed for this
                                                   part of the test.
 Read the directions silently as I read them
 aloud.                                            You must mark all your answers in Part
                                                   1 of your answer document with a No. 2
 You are about to take the Michigan Student
                                                   pencil. You may underline, circle, or write
 Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP.
                                                   in this test booklet to help you, but nothing
 You have been given a test booklet and
                                                   marked in this test booklet will be scored.
 answer document.

                                                                                                       SCIENCE DAY 1: PART 1
                                                   Completely fill in the corresponding circle
 In order for the results to be valid, you must    on your answer document. If you erase
 NOT:                                              an answer, be sure to erase it completely.
 ● talk to or help another student                 Remember that if you skip a question in the
                                                   test booklet, you need to skip the answer
 ● look at or copy another student’s answers
                                                   space for that question on the answer
 ● ask for or accept any help from another         document. If you are not sure of an answer,
   student                                         mark your best choice.
 ● use your cell phone or any other                A Periodic Table of the Elements has been
   electronic device including an eBook            provided for your reference on the next
 ● take pictures or make copies of any test        page.
   materials
                                                   When you come to the STOP sign, you have
 ● cause a disturbance                             finished Part 1. If you finish early, you
 ● remove test booklet or answer document          may go back and check your work. Check
   from the room                                   to make sure that you have answered
                                                   every question. When you have finished,
 ● post or chat about any part of the
                                                   please close your test booklet and answer
   test through social media (example:
                                                   document and sit quietly.
   Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter,
   etc.)                                           It is important to do your best on this test
                                                   so your teacher and school can know how
 If you do not understand these
                                                   much you have learned this school year.
 requirements or have questions, please
 raise your hand.                                  Do you have any questions?

                                                  Pause to answer any questions, then continue.

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                         EDUCATIONAL            DURING TESTING
                         PROGRESS

                         [SAY] Make sure you are on page 3 in your
                         answer document.

                         You may turn the page in your test booklet
                         and begin.

                        When all students have finished,

                         [SAY] Okay. We will stop now. Please close
                         your test booklet and answer document.
                         Remain quietly in your seat until all
                         materials are collected.

                        Before dismissing students (whether it’s for
                        a break, or between separate test sittings,
                        or the end of testing) you must collect all
                        materials, including scratch paper, from each
                        student individually. Do not have students pass
SCIENCE DAY 1: PART 1

                        materials to the end of a row or aisle. Students
                        may not be dismissed until it is verified that all
                        test materials have been returned.

                        Securely store the test materials until you
                        begin testing again. Used scratch paper
                        must be returned to the Building Assessment
                        Coordinator for secure shredding. (You will
                        need to distribute new, blank scratch paper
                        before each part.)

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 TEST OF
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 PROGRESS

                    Test Directions for Grade 8 Science
                               Day 1: Part 2

Be sure you have completed the directions on
                                                   [SAY] A Periodic Table of the Elements has
pages 12–14 before you start this section.
                                                   been provided for your reference on the next
                                                   page.
 [SAY] Turn to the front cover of your
 answer document. Make sure you have the           When you come to the STOP sign, you have
 answer document with your name on it and          finished the test. If you finish early, you
 not another student’s answer document.            may go back and check your work in Part
 Please do not open your test booklet until I      2 only. Check to make sure that you have
 tell you to do so. Make sure you are using a      answered every question. When you have
 No. 2 pencil with an eraser when taking this      finished, please close your test booklet and
 test. Pens are not allowed.                       answer document and sit quietly.

Pause to make sure the students have their
                                                  Pause to answer any questions, then continue.
own test booklet and answer document.
                                                   [SAY] Make sure you are on page 7 in your
 [SAY] Now you will be taking Part 2 of the        answer document.

                                                                                                       SCIENCE DAY 1: PART 2
 M-STEP Science Assessment.
                                                   You may turn the page in your test booklet
 Turn to page 7 in your answer document.           and begin.
 Open your test booklet to page 55.
                                                  When all students have finished,
 Read the directions silently as I read them
 aloud.                                            [SAY] Okay. We will stop now. Please close
                                                   your test booklet and answer document.
 You will be taking Part 2 of the Science
                                                   Remain quietly in your seat until all
 M-STEP. This part includes passages
                                                   materials are collected.
 and pictures that you will read and use
 to answer different types of questions.
 Carefully read each passage and look at          Before dismissing students (whether it’s for
 each picture before answering the questions      a break, or between separate test sittings,
 that follow. Calculators are allowed for this    or the end of testing) you must collect all
 part of the test.                                materials, including scratch paper, from each
                                                  student individually. Do not have students pass
 You must mark all your answers in Part           materials to the end of a row or aisle. Students
 2 of your answer document with a No. 2           may not be dismissed until it is verified that all
 pencil. You may underline, circle, or write      test materials have been returned.
 in this test booklet to help you, but nothing
 marked in this test booklet will be scored.      Securely store the test materials until you
 Completely fill in the corresponding circle      begin testing again. Used scratch paper
 on your answer document. If you erase            must be returned to the Building Assessment
 an answer, be sure to erase it completely.       Coordinator for secure shredding. (You will
 Remember that if you skip a question in the      need to distribute new, blank scratch paper
 test booklet, you need to skip the answer        before each part.)
 space for that question on the answer
 document. If you are not sure of an answer,      Refer to the “After Testing” chapter on
 mark your best choice.                           page 20 for specific instructions about
                                                  assembly and return of materials.

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                  PROGRESS

                                Test Directions for Grade 8 Social Studies

                 Be sure you have completed the directions on
                                                                      [SAY] You must mark all of your answers on
                 pages 12–14 before you start this section.
                                                                      the answer document with a No. 2 pencil.
                  [SAY] Now you will be taking the M-STEP             You may underline, circle, or write in this
                  Social Studies Assessment.                          test booklet to help you, but nothing marked
                                                                      in this test booklet will be scored.
                  Turn to page 2 in your answer document.
                                                                      Mark only one answer for each question.
                  Open your test booklet to page 3.                   Completely fill in the corresponding circle
                  Read the directions silently as I read them         on your answer document. If you erase
                  aloud.                                              an answer, be sure to erase it completely.
                                                                      Remember that if you skip a question in the
                  You are about to take the Michigan Student          test booklet, you need to skip the answer
                  Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP.            space for that question on the answer
                  You have been given a test booklet and              document. If you are not sure of an answer,
                  answer document.                                    mark your best choice.
                  In order for the results to be valid, you must      A sample question is provided for you below.
                  NOT:
SOCIAL STUDIES

                                                                      Sample Multiple-Choice Question:
                  ● talk to or help another student
                                                                       hich economic activity is most important
                                                                      W
                  ● look at or copy another student’s answers         in Florida today?
                  ● ask for or accept any help from another            A logging
                    student
                                                                       B trapping
                  ● use your cell phone or any other
                    electronic device including an eBook               C growing potatoes and apples

                  ● take pictures or make copies of any test           D growing grapefruits and oranges
                    materials
                                                                      For this sample question, the correct answer
                  ● cause a disturbance                               is D. Circle D is filled in for the sample
                  ● remove test booklet or answer document            question on your answer document.
                    from the room                                     When you come to the STOP sign you
                  ● post or chat about any part of the                have finished the test. If you finish early,
                    test through social media (example:               you may go back and check your work.
                    Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter,           Check to make sure you have answered
                    etc.)                                             every question. When you have finished,
                                                                      please close your test booklet and answer
                  If you do not understand these
                                                                      document and sit quietly.
                  requirements or have questions, please
                  raise your hand.                                    It is important to do your best on this test
                                                                      so your teacher and school can know how
                  TEST DIRECTIONS
                                                                      much you have learned this school year.
                  In this test, you will answer multiple‑choice
                  social studies questions. Some questions            Do you have any questions?
                  may include a passage, map, or other
                  social studies-related information. Use that       Pause to answer any questions, then continue.
                  information with what you know to answer
                  the questions.

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 TEST OF
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 PROGRESS

 [SAY] You may turn the page in your test
 booklet and begin.

When all students have finished,

 [SAY] Okay. We will stop now. Please close
 your test booklet and answer document.
 Remain quietly in your seat until all
 materials are collected.

Before dismissing students (whether it’s for
a break, or between separate test sittings,
or the end of testing) you must collect all
materials, including scratch paper, from each
student individually. Do not have students pass
materials to the end of a row or aisle. Students
may not be dismissed until it is verified that all
test materials have been returned.

Securely store the test materials until you
begin testing again. Used scratch paper

                                                                 SOCIAL STUDIES
must be returned to the Building Assessment
Coordinator for secure shredding. (You will
need to distribute new, blank scratch paper
before each part.)

Refer to the “After Testing” chapter on
page 20 for specific instructions about
assembly and return of materials.

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                 PROGRESS

                Assemble Materials                                  Checklist for Test
                for Return                                          Administrators
                After testing has been completed, prepare            • Remember to affix the student bar code
                materials to be returned to the Building               label, complete the requested information
                Assessment Coordinator.                                on the front of each student answer
                                                                       document, and return all test booklets
                Check to make sure that all student answer             and answer documents to the Building
                documents have been removed from inside                Assessment Coordinator.
                the test booklets. In addition, make sure that
                no scratch paper was left inside the answer          • Bundle all unused materials together and
                documents. Remove any extraneous material.             return them to your Building Assessment
                                                                       Coordinator.
                Only one answer document per student/                • Bundle together all of the scratch paper,
                content area may be submitted. If multiple             and any L1 Glossary Reference Sheets
                answer documents for any students are                  and return to the Building Assessment
                identified, please ensure that all responses are       Coordinator. This material is to be securely
                transcribed into a single answer document.             handled and destroyed. Do not dispose of
                                                                       the scratch paper or glossaries by placing
                Make sure that responses for students taking
                                                                       it in the trash. This material must be
                the braille version of the test have been
                                                                       securely destroyed.
                transferred to standard answer documents with
                Form 88 bubbled on the front.
AFTER TESTING

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MICHIGAN STUDENT
 TEST OF
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                       APPENDICES
 PROGRESS

APPENDIX A: M-STEP                                  calculator practice tool. It is recommended that
                                                    online testers visit the practice environment to
Calculator Policy                                   see sample items and familiarize themselves
                                                    with the online calculator tool. To practice
                                                    using the M-STEP online calculators, go to the
Online and Paper/Pencil                             Online Tools Training (OTT) portal (https://
Testers                                             wbte.drcedirect.com/MI/portals/mi/) using the
                                                    Google Chrome browser.
Mathematics
Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are not              Paper/Pencil Testers
allowed to use a calculator on ANY item in
the mathematics assessment, as the use of           On grades 6 and 7 mathematics and grades 5,
calculators at these grade levels changes           8 and 11 science assessments, students will
the construct of the items and what they are        use a handheld calculator.
intended to measure. All students must abide by
this no-calculator-allowed policy, even students    Calculators are allowed on all items of the
whose IEP or 504 Plan specifies otherwise. The      science assessments. Calculators are allowed
use of a calculator at grades 3, 4, or 5 is         only on Part 2 of the mathematics assessment.
considered a nonstandard accommodation.
                                                    Mathematics test booklets are divided into two
Nonstandard accommodations render the
                                                    parts. Part 1 of the paper/pencil mathematics
assessment invalid.
                                                    assessment is considered non-calculator, and
                                                    students must not have a calculator within
Science                                             reach. Part 2 of the paper/pencil mathematics
Students in grade 5, 8, and 11 are allowed          assessment allows the use of a calculator. Once
to use a calculator on any item in the science      students start Part 2, they are not allowed to
assessment.                                         return to the non-calculator items on Part 1.

                                                    Since external hand-held graphing calculators
                                                    are programmable, there is a potential of a
Online Testers                                      security breach. All programmable calculators
On grades 6 and 7 mathematics and grades 5,         must be set to TEST mode during the testing
8, and 11 science assessments, students will        session for both mathematics and science
use the calculator embedded within the online       assessments.
delivery engine. The calculator will appear in

                                                                                                       APPENDIX A
                                                    Types of hand-held calculators:
the toolbar when items allow its use; it will not
appear when items do not allow its use.              • Basic calculator - science grade 5 and
                                                       mathematics grade 6
There are two types of embedded online
calculators:                                         • Scientific calculator - science grades 8 and
                                                       11 and mathematics grade 7
 • Basic calculator - science grade 5 and
   mathematics grade 6

 • Scientific calculator - science grades 8 and     Important Notes
   11 and mathematics grade 7
                                                    Alignment
The Office of Educational Assessment and
Accountability (OEAA) has developed resources       The operational items on all of the assessments
for online testers to help prepare them for         have been field-tested and are aligned to
online testing. One of the resources is an online   Michigan’s standards.

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             Fairness                                         Managing Online Testers and
             The issue of fairness between online testers     External Hand-held Calculators
             and paper/pencil testers with regard to          The OEAA prohibits online testers from using
             calculator usage has been raised. The OEAA       external handheld calculators instead of the
             decided not to burden schools by requiring       embedded online calculator. The only online
             them to purchase calculators specifically        testers who may use an external calculator
             for this assessment as a possible one-time       are those students whose IEP or Section 504
             use. Some schools may not have the grade-        Plan specifies the use of a special adaptive
             specific calculators for their paper/pencil      calculator.
             testers to use. The OEAA has reviewed every
             item to determine if the use of an above-
             grade-level calculator gives those students an
             advantage. Students will not be advantaged or
             disadvantaged based on using an above-grade
             calculator on the assessment.
APPENDIX A

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 TEST OF
 EDUCATIONAL           APPENDICES
 PROGRESS

APPENDIX B: M-STEP                                be provided at that time. Once a test session
                                                  is completed, used scratch paper must be
Scratch Paper Policy                              returned with the test tickets to the Building
Scratch paper is a Universal Tool that may be     Coordinator for secure shredding.
made available to students during testing. Used   Students must write their names on the scratch
scratch paper is a secure material. District      paper. When students are given a break, the
Coordinators should develop and disseminate       scratch paper must be collected and securely
procedures for the secure handling and disposal   stored with test tickets until testing resumes.
of used scratch paper.
                                                  If a student’s name is clearly written on the used
Terms                                             scratch paper, it can be returned to that student
                                                  to use when resuming an in-progress test.
Graph Paper: blank, gridded paper provided
by MDE for use in grades 6-7 mathematics
                                                  Online Testers: English Language
Scratch Paper: blank, lined, or unlined paper     Arts, Science, and Social Studies
Graph paper and scratch paper are separated       Scratch paper is allowed in all test sessions. For
into two types:                                   all grades this must be blank ruled or unruled
                                                  paper.
Unused Scratch/Graph Paper: scratch paper
that does not include any student markings;       Fresh scratch paper must be distributed at the
unused scratch/ graph paper may include a         start of each new test session. That is, when a
student’s name written on it                      student receives a new test ticket for login, a
                                                  fresh sheet of scratch paper must be provided
Used Scratch/Graph Paper: scratch/graph           at that time. Once a test session is completed,
paper that includes any student markings          used scratch paper must be returned with the
beyond the student’s name                         test tickets to the Building Coordinator for
                                                  secure shredding.
Online Testers: Mathematics
                                                  Students must write their names on the scratch
Scratch paper is allowed in all test sessions.    paper. When students are given a break, the
For students in grades 6-7, blank graph paper     scratch paper must be collected and securely
is required and is provided in the online         stored with test tickets until testing resumes.
initial material order. The grades 3-5 tests do
not include items that require graph paper.       If a student’s name is clearly written on the used
                                                  scratch paper, it can be returned to that student

                                                                                                        APPENDIX B
Additional graph paper can be downloaded
from the M-STEP web page (www.michigan.           to use when resuming an in-progress test.
gov/mstep).
                                                  Paper/Pencil Testers: Mathematics
For grades 3-5, scratch paper must be blank
ruled or unruled, or (optionally) graph paper.    Scratch paper is allowed in all test sessions
                                                  and test parts. For grades 3-5 this must be
For grades 6-7 the graph paper must be blank.     blank ruled or unruled, or (optionally) graph
                                                  paper. Testers in grades 6-7 may be provided
Fresh scratch/graph paper must be distributed     blank graph paper in place of blank ruled or
at the start of each new test session. That       unruled paper; however, students may also
is, when a student receives a new test ticket     use the graphs in their test booklets to solve
for login, a fresh sheet of scratch paper must    problems. Additional graph paper can be
                                                  downloaded from the M-STEP web page
                                                  (www.michigan.gov/mstep).

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              PROGRESS

             Fresh scratch paper must be distributed             Note: In order to prevent the use of an
             with each part of a test and students must          inappropriate writing utensil on the answer
             write their names on the scratch paper. After       document, students should only have access to
             students encounter a “stop” sign in the test        number 2 pencils during paper/pencil testing.
             booklets, scratch paper must be collected
             and securely stored until it can be returned        Mathematics: Online and Paper/Pencil
             with the rest of the test materials to the
             Building M-STEP Coordinator for shredding. If                       Graph        Graph        Scratch Paper
             paper/pencil testers are provided a break not        Grade          Paper        Paper          (available
                                                                               (required)   (optional)     Universal Tool)
             associated with a test part, then used scratch
             paper must be placed inside their closed test          3                           X                 X
             booklets.                                              4                           X                 X
                                                                    5                           X                 X
             Paper/Pencil Testers: English                          6              X                              X
             Language Arts, Science, and                            7              X                              X
             Social Studies
             Scratch paper is allowed in all test sessions and
             test parts. For all grades this must be blank       English Language Arts, Science,
             ruled or unruled paper.                             and Social Studies: Online and
                                                                 Paper/Pencil
             Fresh scratch paper must be distributed
             with each part of a test and students must                                               Scratch Paper
                                                                        Grade
             write their names on the scratch paper. After                                      (available Universal Tool)
             students encounter a “stop” sign in the test                  3                                X
             booklets, scratch paper must be collected and                 4                                X
             securely stored until it can be returned with                 5                                X
             the rest of the test materials to the Building
                                                                           6                                X
             M-STEP Coordinator for shredding. If paper/
             pencil testers are given a break not associated               7                                X
             with a test part, then used scratch paper must               8*                                X
             be placed inside their closed test booklets.                 11*                               X

                                                                          *Does not apply to English language arts.
APPENDIX B

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APPENDIX C: M-STEP Incident Reporting Guide
                                                            Any testing irregularities that occur before, during, or after testing must be reported to the Office of Educational Assessment
                                                                                                                                                                                                        TEST OF

                                                            and Accountability (OEAA) within two school days. All incidents are required to be reported; do not neglect to report an incident
                                                                                                                                                                                                        PROGRESS

                                                            if more than two school days have passed since you were aware of it. This table identifies the incident categories and sub-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        EDUCATIONAL

                                                            categories that are used in the Secure Site Incident Reporting tool and provides sample scenarios for each category or sub-
                                                            category.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        MICHIGAN STUDENT

                                                            You will find detailed information on how to access and use the tool at the Secure Site Incident Reporting tool
                                                            (www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Incident_Reporting_520328_7.pdf).

                                                                                                  Incident Category: Test Not Completed
                                                                                                                                                                                         Incident
                                                               Incident                                             Response for                                                          Report
                                                                                         Scenario                                             Response for Paper/Pencil Testers
                                                             Sub‑Category                                           Online Testers                                                      Required/
                                                                                                                                                                                         Optional
                                                                                                                                                                                                            APPENDICES

                                                                                                               If 5 or fewer questions                                                  Online:
                                                                                                               have been answered,                                                      Required
                                                                                                               contact the Call Center at                                               if more
                                                             Test submitted   Student accidentally ends/       1-877-560-8378 Option 2.
                                                             prior to         submits the test without                                                                                  than 5 item
                                                                                                                                             N/A
                                                                                                               If more than 5 questions                                                 responses
                                                             completion       answering all questions
                                                                                                               have been answered,
                                                                                                               an Incident Report is                                                    Paper/Pencil:
                                                                                                               required.                                                                N/A

M-STEP Grade 8 Paper/Pencil Test Directions – Spring 2021
                                                                                                                                             Collect test materials and flag the last
                                                                                                               Pause and Exit test (do not   question answered.                         Online:
                                                                                                               End test).                                                               Optional
                                                             Student          Student becomes ill and goes                                   Resume testing in an individual one-on-
                                                             became ill       home before finishing a test     Resume testing with the       one proctored makeup session.
                                                                                                               original test ticket in a                                                Paper/Pencil:
                                                                                                               makeup session.               Students are not allowed to return to      Required
                                                                                                                                             previously answered questions.

                                                                                                                                             Collect test materials and flag the last   Online: No
                                                             Student was                                       Pause and Exit test           question answered.                         Incident
                                                             removed          Student is removed from class    (do not End test).                                                       Report
                                                                                                                                             Resume testing in an individual one-on-
                                                             from school      by a parent or guardian during   Resume testing with the                                                  Necessary
                                                                                                                                             one proctored makeup session.
                                                             by parent/       the test administration          original test ticket in a
                                                             guardian                                          makeup session.               Students are not allowed to return to      Paper/Pencil:
                                                                                                                                             previously answered questions.             Required

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