2010 was a banner year for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), since it was the year in which so many states adopted these standards and made them an integral part of public school education.
CCSS adoption took place in the great state of Michigan in 2010, signaling a commitment to high standards of learning for K-12 students. With the 44-year-old Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) still in place, however, the state's legislature and the Michigan Department of Education decided it was time to step it up—hence the advent of the M-STEP, or Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress.
The decision was made in June 2014 and the new assessments were rolled out in spring of 2015, thus requiring Michigan's public school students, parents, and educators to adapt to these new tests in a relatively short period of time.
Given the pace and significance of this change, it's worth taking a look at some facts and figures that you might not already know about the M-STEP.