Lawmakers hold meeting about state's M-STEP test

Posted at 9:11 AM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 09:11:50-05

State lawmakers have a lot of questions about Michigan's new standardized test for school kids. Specifically, why its taking so long to get results.

On Thursday, the House Education Committee held a meeting to talk about why it took nine months for the first M-STEP scores to come back.

Lawmakers are trying to figure out what the Department of Education can do to speed things up.

Venessa Keesler, Deputy Superintendent for Accountability Services said, "The Michigan Department Of Education is implementing a series of improvements on project management, in our deliveries and the staffing of our contractors to get the results back to schools, districts and parents much faster in the 2016."

The Lansing School District got its M-STEP results in December. They showed students performed below average in almost every subject.

The M-STEP was given for the first time last spring. It replaced the old MEAP test.