2016-2017 testing schedule explained
We have a number of assessments we are required to administer for student and school accountability.
For the MDE required assessments here is an explanation from MDE:
The following information explains the implementation of the assessment system in legislation to ensure all students are prepared for career and college. Students who first enrolled in grade 8 in 2012–2013 will take the career and college assessments to meet graduation assessment requirements.