Lakeview’s take on the M-STEP

Lakeview’s take on the M-STEP

Alyssa Sutterfield, Staff Writer

  On April 11, Lakeview’s class of 2020 took the mandatory SAT, the Word Keys test, and the M-STEP.  The M-STEP is an online, 21st-century test that was first given in the Spring of 2015. It is designed to measure the amount of information that kids are retaining and if they meets the state’s standards.

  This standardized test is programmed to test students on their knowledge of both Social Studies and Science.

  Biology teacher, Kelly Boone, expressed her opinion on the M-STEP and how she thinks that some of the parts of the test are unnecessary.

  Boone stated, “I think it’s hard to assess students in science with a test that only has dropdowns when choosing the best answer. We all know that the state has to test you all somehow, but is it useful to test you about science that you learned in eighth or ninth grade?”

  Math and SAT-Prep teacher Brad Brown commented on the cumulative testing that students take during all their school years.

  Brown stated, “I do think it’s necessary to test students on their retainment of knowledge, but I think that there is way more testing then there should be. When you put together all the time of students testing, students are testing for about a month and a half during the school year. Teachers should be able to use that time to teach students what they need to know to even pass the standardized tests given to them.”

  Junior Jaden Sargee feels that the M-STEP is really “bogus” and most kids don’t even try to do well while taking it.

  Sargee stated, “On a scale of 1-10 [1 being the easiest, 10 being most challenging], the M-STEP was a solid 10. I honestly had no clue of what I was doing. The science section was more difficult because of all the questions that were from Physics or Chemistry that I couldn’t even remember when I was in that class.”

  Even though most students think that the M-STEP is unnecessary, there is a “once in a blue moon student” that can roam the halls of our school.

  Junior Patrick Kramer stated, “I think the M-STEP was maybe a 4 for how difficult it was. The test itself wasn’t very hard, but it was just so time consuming that most of us just gave up on it halfway through.”

  Junior Jadean Valadez felt the Science section of the test was more difficult because the questions weren’t “straight-forward”.

  Valadez stated, “The M-STEP isn’t as important as the SAT or NWEA, so I don’t understand why they have to keep making us take these tests that no one really does that well on.”

  In the end, most students attending Lakeview think that the M-STEP is not necessary to our learning, but the better question is why is Michigan pushing these standardized tests on students?