MASSP members have made it one of the Association's priorities to secure a waiver from end-of-year state assessments for the 2020-21 school year. To help support that work, MASSP launched a petition drive earlier this month. We asked members to sign on to urge Michigan lawmakers to waive the state-level mandates for high-stakes summative testing for this school year and to share our petition with their colleagues and contacts. In just over two weeks, we gathered 2,697 signatures. Wow!

Thank you for signing on and spreading the word! Our next step is to take your petition signatures to Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Legislature and make sure that your voices are heard on this issue. This week, we will be sending letters to the Governor, Legislative leadership from both parties, and every state representative and state senator in the state urging them to work together to:

  • Waive the requirement in state law for schools to administer the M-STEP, MI-Access, WIDA, and WorkKeys for the 2020-21 school year, pending approval of our state's waiver application by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Make it optional for students in grades 8-11 to take the PSAT and SAT during the 2020-21 school year.

We would also like to recognize the top 5 cities based on the total number of signatures collected.

  • Fenton - 100
  • Macomb - 86
  • Traverse City - 79
  • New Baltimore - 50
  • Jackson - 46

Moving forward, you can expect to hear more from MASSP as we work to coordinate with other stakeholders and engage Michigan's Congressional delegation, the U.S. Department of Education, and other decision makers to push forward on this issue. Stay tuned!

Read our letters:

Letter to the Legislature

Letter to Governor Whitmer

Letter to Dr. Michael Rice