MI-Access Training: Participation and Scoring Administration

Michigan’s alternate assessment, better known as MI-Access, provides alternative achievement standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities. This course guides you through how to administer the Participation and Supported Independence levels of the MI-Assessment and how to use standard scoring rubrics for each type of assessment. Test coordinators and educators will observe examples of how MI-Access content should be planned and administered with individual students in mind as well as details regarding the different roles of primary and shadow assessment administrators.

In this course, you will:

  • Describe how to utilize scoring rubrics for the MI-Access Supported Independence and Participation assessments,
  • Explain how scoring rubrics are used in the classroom,
  • Understand how to apply scoring rubrics to score Activity-Based Observation (ABO) items, and
  • Understand how to apply scoring rubrics to score Selected-Response (SR) items.

District and building assessment coordinators, MI-Access coordinators, and teachers and support staff serving as primary and shadow assessment administrators to give MI-Access are strongly encouraged to take this course.

We strongly recommend completing this course using a computer or notebook. The presentation within this course is not optimized for viewing on a mobile device like a phone or tablet, and you may encounter errors that may prevent you from completing the course.

SCECHs Granted


Who should take this course?


What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

Middle School
Upper Elementary

Course Partner

Course Vendor

Michigan Virtual

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.