About the MAC


Who We Are

The Michigan Assessment Consortium (MAC) is a professional association of educators who believe quality education depends on accurate, balanced, and meaningful assessment.  A nonpartisan and nonprofit organization, the MAC provides leadership and services to advance high-quality balanced assessment practices and systems.

Why we do this work

All children deserve a quality education that prepares them for success. Quality education depends on the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and balanced, meaningful assessment that advances as well as verifies learning.  Educators must be assessment literate to improve educational results.  The MAC works to encourage and support schools in:

  • Adopting standards and educator curriculum for assessment literacy
  • Improving assessment literacy and skill among educators
  • Implementing formative assessment practices to balance assessment
  • Embracing assessment as a positive tool to guide teaching and learning.

OUR MISSION

Improve student learning and achievement through a system of coherent curriculum, balanced assessment, and effective instruction.

We do this by collaboratively…

  • promoting assessment knowledge and practice,
  • providing professional learning, and
  • producing and sharing assessment tools and resources.

Our Beliefs

“The Michigan Assessment Consortium provides high quality products and services, enabling educators to work smarter and more effectively in using assessments in ways that will enhance learning and performance.”

Jay McTighe

"The Michigan Assessment Consortium brings together people and resources with the aim of improving assessment literacy for students, families, teachers, administrators, and policy makers. The ultimate goal is improved student learning. MAC has been doing this well for 10 years. They seek out information and experiences for their members that increase assessment knowledge and skills and support growth and change in assessment, with documented results. Their Assessment Literacy standards are a benchmark for others in the field, and their collections of resources are state-of-the-art."

Susan M. Brookhart

"MAC is an outstanding organization that, in so many ways, influences positively educators across Michigan and many parts of the U.S.”

Carol Commodore

"The Michigan Assessment Consortium is carrying out what I think of when a state wants to move ahead with zeal on the assessment-literacy front. I believe strongly in the cost-effectiveness of greater assessment literacy as a way of sprucing up our schools. ”

James Popham

"Think bigger…you can scale even more…the Michigan Department of Education has put together a big plan [for formative assessment] and MAC can help make it happen…When I go to other states, I tell them, Watch Michigan!"

Margaret Heritage

MAC Anniversary Party

MAC welcomed partners and friends to the Michigan State University campus in October 2018 to celebrate our 10th anniversary.  Keynote speaker Rick Stiggins provided an inspiration message.  And, we acknowledged and thanked the wonderful individuals and organizations who’ve contributed to our first decade of work, we celebrated all we’ve accomplished for education in Michigan, and we encouraged current associates to stay engaged and energized! MAC graciously thanks our generous sponsors of this event.

Anniversary Program



Thank You To Our Sponsors!

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Our Members and Supporters

  • are individuals and organizations interested in quality assessment practices
  • work in public and private schools, local and regional districts, government agencies, professional associations, and institutes of higher learning
  • embrace high standards of excellence
  • understand that quality assessment is key to quality learning and student achievement
  • value professional learning and continuous improvement

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Sustaining Contributors

Our Sustaining Contributors are a network of regional, state, and national organizations who trust in the MAC’s professionalism and promotion of high-quality, balanced assessment systems. The MAC continues to earn state and national acclaim for its research and promotion of assessment literacy.

We invite organizations to contribute to the MAC and help us sustain our journey to empower educators with assessment knowledge and effective practices.

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State & National Partners

MAC Partners share our goals and engage with us on selected projects and initiatives for Michigan educators and their support networks.  The MAC partners with selected organizations and agencies in projects that are of mutual benefit to both partners. MAC Partners extend our capacity to provide high quality services and programs to educators and their support networks. In addition to advancing their own goals, Partners receive recognition within and access to the MAC professional network in a variety of ways.

Contact us to learn more about how you can partner with the MAC.

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Our Team

Board Members

MAC Founding Members

The Michigan Assessment Consortium (MAC) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, MAC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.