Southfield Public School District understands test-taking is a complex and challenging process where many students, including high-achieving students, struggle. What is most important is how students perform over time. Test data is used to inform instruction and highlight student needs. 

Testing measures continue to become increasingly challenging and decrease in performance may not reflect performance regression, but the increasing complexity of a specific test.

Standardized test scores provide a snapshot of student content competency levels at a specific time, and they are important, as are letter grades. However, educational trends are shifting, and standardized test results are just a part of a student's overall portfolio.     

Southfield Public Schools is committed to working with and elevating the excellence and capability of the whole child. The district continues to refine its instructional infrastructure, intense student support network and talent management systems to create holistic opportunities for students to be college and career ready.

The Michigan Department of Education, Division of Accountability Services provides a new service called the Michigan Linked Educational Assessment Reporting Network (MiLearn). This innovative project is legislatively funded and delivers state assessment data to students, parents, and educators in a more timely and dynamic manner. 

Here’s how it works. Once a parent, student, or educator has logged into MiSTAR, click analysis, and look for the State Assessment Data button. Once you click it, you will be granted access to the state assessment reports available to you based on your role (parent, student, or educator) and the assessment results available (2017, 2018, and/or 2019). 

Bringing state assessment data to parents, students and educators in an electronic format and through MiSTAR is a major enhancement in getting assessment data out quicker and more efficiently.