Parent/Guardians: Help your kids get ready to the M-Step test!

Beginning in April and ending in May, students in grades 3-5 will be taking a new state assessment. The MichiganStudent Test of Education Progress (M-STEP) will replace the 44-year-old MEAP test. The test is based on the Core State Standards, a set of expectations of what your kids should know to be ready college and careers. English Language Arts (including Reading, Writing and Listening) and Mathematics will be assessed in grades 3-5, Science in grade 4, and Social Studies in grade 5.


What can you do: Please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep the day before the exam and has a nutritious breakfast on test days. Please have them attend all our special test days, too.


Here  is a website that may be helpful to provide additional information about the M-STEP.

The Department of Education website for general information.

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McDowell Elementary serves 316 students in grades K-5th.  We are centrally located inside the city of Taylor.  We have 11 general education classrooms, 2 special education self-contained classrooms, 2 learning resource rooms, an in house reading specialist, library, gym, and music room. All of our teaching staff is highly qualified. Our other staff includes a speech and language teacher, bilingual teacher consultant through Wayne RESA, a special education social worker and a special education psychologist.  We are fortunate to have support services from a secretary, academic teaching assistant, school nurse, library parapro, cooks, maintenance and several lay personnel.  Here at McDowell we work together to make the school a safe, and welcoming learning community for all.

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