Starting Smarter

You are the expert on your child. Over the course of a school year, you receive lots of information on how your child is performing in school that combine to give you a more complete picture of your child’s academic progress. In addition to report card grades and class tests, you can use test score reports to better understand your child’s strengths and areas in need of improvement to start a meaningful conversation with your child’s teacher about how to better support learning at home.

Understanding the Score Report and Areas

It’s natural for every student to have academic strengths as well as areas where they may need more support and improvement. The tests your child takes are meant to measure the most important skills in each subject. For all tests, the score reports are broken down into different performance areas—like reading and problem solving—to identify where your child is excelling or needs more support. Be sure to check out a sample Parent Report below and view this video that explains the Parent Report.

Check out the Test Questions

Enter your child’s subject, grade, and area from the score report to get descriptions of the skills and sample test questions in each performance area.

Additional Free Resources Available to Support Your Child's Learning

Use this information to have a meaningful conversation with your child’s teacher about the skills and content in the grade level and to support your child’s learning at home.

  • Michigan eLibrary

    MeL Kids

    Visit the Kids page on the Michigan eLibrary or MeL website to find help with school work or a new book to read.
  • Guide to Parent Teacher Conferences

    This helpful PTA “Guide to a Meaningful Parent Teacher Conference” includes a list of questions to discuss with the teacher about your child’s classroom performance, academic progress and more.

  • Check out the test in action

    Visit the M-STEP online practice site to try out live, interactive questions and the testing features students can use. You can also watch the online tutorial your child will view in class when preparing to take the M-STEP.