The Michigan Department of Education runs the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP Test). This is an educational assessment tool for the state’s school children. There are MEAP exams for English (reading and writing), math, science, and social studies.
First, you should find out when your children or students are taking the test to give ample MEAP preparation time. At least for now, these exams are administered once a year in October. You can access the schedule at Michigan’s website by using the link in the Resources section at the end of this article.
The Michigan DOE does a poor job of publishing MEAP study and preparation tips on its website. Most of the documents found there are for teachers in administering the test instead of information for students to prepare. There is some information on the MEAP math, science, and social studies that might be beneficial in studying for the Michigan Educational Assessment Program tests. On the “Content Area Tests” page (see link in Resources), there is absolutely no information on the English portion of these assessment tests at the time of this writing in August of 2011. Even the materials that are there give scant help in preparing for the MEAP exams.
About the only thing that would appear to help students on the Michigan DOE website is the MEAP released items. These items were actually used on previous tests. Parents and teachers should go through the released items to create MEAP practice questions for their kids. However, when actually looking at the documents, it is apparent that there are few released items.
Rather, there are a few documents that contain “item descriptors.” This is both good and bad. On the one hand, it makes it time consuming to help students get ready for the MEAP exam. On the other hand, a diligent teacher or parent can use the item descriptors to make his own MEAP practice questions. It is all a matter of perspective. The good thing is many of the descriptions are fairly specific, making it possible to study exactly what is tested on the MEAP tests if the person helping the student can construct practice materials.
Note: There is also a page on the Michigan Department of Education website for downloadable date files for MEAP test results. You may find some descriptors MEAP released items or other information on this page, as the website is very poorly organized.
Michigan Department of Education: MEAP Schedule
Michigan DOE: MEAP Released Items
Michigan DOE: MEAP Test Results