State-Mandated Assessments

  • Michigan Educational Assessment Program
    Elementary and middle school MEAP assessments are administered in the fall of each school year in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 in math, science, social studies, reading, and writing.
  • Michigan Merit Exam
    In the 11th grade, high school students take the Michigan Merit Exam (MME). The MME is the high school counterpart of the MEAP at elementary and middle school levels. It is made up of the ACT + Writing, WorkKeys (Reading, Math, and Locating Information), and Michigan components. 

District-Elected Assessments

  • ACT
    The ACT® test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.
    • The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.
    • The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.
  • PLAN
    PLAN is a "pre-ACT" test administered in all 9th graders, and is a powerful predictor of a student's success on the ACT. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years.
    The EXPLORE program is designed to help 8th and 9th graders explore a broad range of options for their future. EXPLORE prepares students not only for their high school coursework, but for their post–high school choices as well.
  • Common Assessments
    Grand Haven Area Public Schools assesses students’ reading and math abilities using
    grade level common assessments in grades K-8. These assessments provide data on
    whether students have mastered the state standards being taught in our classrooms.
    Building principals and teachers use the data to determine if students need additional
    assistance to learn the skills. If so, interventions and re-teaching are provided to the
    students. These assessments also provide the district and buildings with data to inform staff on which students will be ready for the MEAP test.


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