Dear Lincoln Middle Friends and Family,
This spring, Michigan is replacing the 44 year-old Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) with a new assessment called the Michigan Student Test of Education Progress, now known as M-Step. This school year, students will complete the new M-Step assessment in an online format within a nine week window, as established by the State of Michigan, starting April 13th and ending in early June. Please understand that students will NOT be testing every day of this nine week test cycle. Each grade has a 3 week window to finish their online testing. The calendar on the reverse side will illustrate which days are test days. Students cannot make-up tests outside of their grade’s testing window. The M-Step includes assessments designed by the Michigan Department of Education to measure academic growth for today’s students. Grade 8 students will be tested in the following subjects: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Social Studies. Grade 7 students will be tested in: ELA, Mathematics, and Science. Grade 6 students will be tested in ELA and Mathematics. The ELA and Math tests will be online and include interactive types of questions, a classroom activity and an online performance task. These open-ended questions challenge students to explain their answers by providing written responses. The online tests for the Science and Social Studies are multiple choice. Please make sure your son/daughter is here for the testing days listed on the back of this letter. We also ask that you not schedule any appointments for your children at a time that would create a conflict with a test day. Those students who are here every testing day will be eligible for a drawing for 20 Easter baskets. There may be more attendance incentives as we near the test window which is right after break. We need your help in creating a successful test experience for your son/daughter and also for Lincoln Middle School. Our school requires higher test scores, by having students do their absolute best, to pull us out of the Priority status we are now under. The State of Michigan will be looking at our test scores to see if we are improving. We are showing improvement with our NWEA test scores. Now it is time for our students to demonstrate their best on the M-Step. Our ELA and Math teachers have been working on M-Step practice sessions with their students. If you have any questions regarding the M-Step, please call the school office.
Lincoln Middle School students will achieve individual excellence through the attainment of State Standards while preparing to be productive, successful members of society.
The Lincoln Middle School vision is to promote life-long learning through teacher collaboration adapted to individual student needs. We will facilitate active learning through aligned curriculum and high behavioral standards promoting respect and responsibility. We will provide a safe, secure, and professional climate with the main purpose being the educational success of all students. We will succeed in doing so through the use of effective educational programs and valuable community resources, while maintaining a strong partnership with students and parents.
- We believe that students benefit academically in a safe, supportive, and stimulating environment.
- We believe in empowering every student to become productive members of society.
- We believe our students' learning, attendance, and behavior improve when they are actively engaged in meaningful, real-life work.
- We believe in life-long learning as educators to continually be the best leaders we can be for our students.