Research & Development

Early Childhood and Literacy Assessment

Michigan’s youngest learners are assessed for a variety of purposes and in multiple settings. Public policy initiatives and the continued push for federal and state accountability inspire the need for more and better information about assessment best practices and assessment sytems used in early childhood (pre-school through third-grade).

That’s why the we’re working with partners to understand best practice in assessment and develop models, resources, and tools educators need to ensure the use of valid and appropriate assessment practices with pre-K through grade three students and beyond.

Current Research and Development

Early Literacy Assessment System (ELAS) Project 

We’re working with the Michigan Department of Education and other early literacy partners to create a comprehensive literacy assessment system guide and accompanying literacy assessment learning plan. These documents will inform policy, provide resources, and form the basis of professional learning opportunities to support high quality assessment practices and systems that support the development of literacy.



At present, partners in this work include:
~ Michigan Department of Education
~ MAISA Early Literacy Task Force
~ University of Michigan
~ Michigan State University

Development of the guide and the learning plan is underway. In addition, the Assessment Learning Network hosted a one-day learning event, Assessment that Advances Literacy, on May 21, 2019, that featured Tanya Wright (Michigan State University) and national assessment expert Margaret Heritage. Also, the 2019 Michigan School Testing Conference (MSTC) featured clinics and a plenary on assessment practice that supports development of literacy.

To learn more about the MAC’s Research and Development, contact Ed Roeber at (517) 816-4520.

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