Academic Standards

At Brown Elementary we follow the state of Michigan’s Common Core State Standards. You can find out more information regarding the state standards by visiting the Michigan Department of Education's Standards site. Some students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) may be identified as needing Michigan's Alternate Content Standards. Information regarding the Alternate Content Standards can be found here.



Diagnostic Reading Assessment (DRA) measures reading for students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade up to 4 times a year.


NWEA is a test given in the fall, winter, and spring each year to all students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. This is a nationally normalized assessment that covers the subject areas of math and reading for kindergarten through 5th grade and science for grades 3 through 5. This assessment provides parents and staff with helpful information pertaining to student growth and performance. For more information including parent resources visit NWEA Parent Toolkit.


M-Step is a summative statewide assessment given each year in the spring for grades 3 through 5 that measures a student's mastery in state standards. For more information regarding M-Step including testing schedules and reports please visit Michigan's Department of Education M-Step page.


MI-Access is an alternate state assessment for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) that have been identified as needing Michigan Alternate Content Standards. Information regarding this assessment can be found here.

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