Grosse Pointe Public School System

389 St. Clair, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230 . 313.432.3000

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Important State Assessment Update

Important State Assessment Update

It is almost time to begin the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP. The M-STEP is designed to be administered online. Schools that cannot meet the minimum technology requirements are permitted to take a paper and pencil assessment. While GPPSS technically meets the minimum tech requirements, our administration is concerned about logistics in computer labs and disruption to learning throughout buildings. For that reason, the district applied for the waiver and will be administering the paper/pencil assessment. Testing dates are as follows:




*Paper/Pencil Assessment

11th Grade


ACT WorkKeys

M-STEP Science/SS

April 11th

April 12th

April 13th

9th and 10th Grade


April 11th & 12th

5th and 8th Grade

M-STEP English Language Arts (ELA)




M-STEP Social Studies

April 11th

April 12th

April 13th


April 18th

April 19th


April 20th

3rd and 6th Grade




May 2nd

May 3rd


May 9th

May 10th

4th and 7th Grade






M-STEP Science

May - May 2nd

May - May 3rd


May - May 9th

May - May 10th


May - May 11th

* Makeup test dates are provided if a child is sick. Please contact your building principal or classroom teacher for a makeup date.


Although testing situations can be stressful for some students, this is also an opportunity for our students to really shine and to demonstrate their current levels of understanding in core subject areas. We are asking parents to be especially alert to their child’s needs for:

·         getting plenty of rest,

·         eating a good breakfast each morning, and

·         being in school and on time on testing days.  


For additional information please review the parent letter from State Superintendent Brian Whiston which addresses the reduction in testing time and consequences to districts when families choose not to test, and the student testing tips parents can use to positively help their student prepare:

·         Parent letter from State Superintendent Brian Whiston

·         Student Testing: What Parents Can Do to Help Students Prepare

We want our students to be at their best and to represent themselves and our district as favorably as possible on these tests.  Please continue to encourage your child each day. Additional information on testing accommodations, from the use of calculators to the use of language translators, is also posted on the Michigan Department of Education website Or you can always contact your child’s teacher or principal with questions.  

Thank you for your help and support during this time.