The pressure is on for area schools, as thousands of students are beginning the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, or MEAP test. Students in grades three through nine will be testing for the next three weeks starting October 9. The test covers English, science, math and social studies.
MEAP scores are connected to each school's Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP. Schools with a low AYP could lose federal funding.
If your child is taking the MEAP, you can help them do the best they can. School administrators recommend students get plenty of sleep, eat breakfast and get to school on time. Parents should also help them review test materials and offer words of encouragement.