Fully Accredited Quality Education

  • Balanced Assessment System

    Trenton uses a balanced assessment system which includes assessments intended to guide instruction, measure the academic progress of students, and meet the federal and state mandates.

    On a daily basis, formative assessment for learning is used to inform instruction within and between lessons for both student and teacher. Formative assessment provides feedback and adjustments to instruction to improve learning.  Summative assessments, of learning, are administered at the end of a unit, semester, or year to measure students' mastery of academic standards.  These include chapter or unit tests as well as district and state assessments.

    Below are the major state and district assessments administered to students each year.


    M-STEP is a state assessment that measures students' achievement of State Standards.  It is administered online to all Michigan students in grades 3-8 each spring. English language arts and mathematics are assessed in grades 3-8, science in grades 4, 7, and 11, and social studies in grades 5, 8, and 11.



    Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, i-Ready will be administered to Trenton students in grades K-3 in the fall, winter, and spring.  The online assessment adapts to each student, providing easier or harder questions depending on students' answers to previous questions. The reading and mathematics information will help determine if students are on track and also help to identify and plan for students who may need targeted instructional support 

    i-Ready Website

Read by Grade 3: Michigan Reading Retention Law

  • In 2016, the Michigan Legislature passed a law that requires schools to identify learners who are struggling with reading and writing and to provide additional help. The law is called Read by Grade Three (RBG3). The law states that third graders may repeat third grade if they are more than one grade level behind beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. The law aims to improve the state’s concern of low reading achievement in our state. There are five (5) major components of the RBG3 law including the importance of research and standards aligned core reading instruction, assessment, individual reading improvement plans (IRIPs), professional learning, and retention.  Additionally, the law requires schools and parents/guardians to partner and work together as a Read-at-Home is also created.

    Trenton Public Schools is committed to supporting our students and are proud of our Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS). All students, K-5 have access to a high quality research and standards aligned curriculum. All students, K-5, are administered a universal screener. Afterward, a diagnostic test is administered in order to learn more about where a child may be struggling. If needed, Individual Reading Improvement Plans (IRIPs) are written to provide the child extra support in the area of need. This support may be provided as a push-in or pull-out support by the classroom teacher or reading interventionist.  We meet with parents and monitor plans regularly to ensure a child is making progress.

    Every parent/guardian should know their rights when it comes to this law.  Below, you will find resources from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to help you better understand the Read by Grade Three Law and what qualifies for a Good Cause Exemption which must be filed within 30 days of notice for retention.

    If your child qualifies for the Good Cause Exemption you may download and "Save As" this fillable pdf Good Cause Exemption Letter to your computer to input your child's specific information.

    You may either print your completed letter and mail it to:

    Superintendent Douglas B. Mentzer 
    Trenton Public Schools
    2603 Charlton
    Trenton, MI 48183

    Or you may send it electronically by attaching  your completed "Save As" letter file in an email to Superintendent Douglas B. Mentzer at mentzerd@trentonschools.com

    Below, you will  find resources and ways you can support your child:

    Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) Family Resources:

    Overview video for parents (from MDE):  

    Parent Involvement Video (from MDE):

    Facts for families (English): 
    3rd Gr Reading Facts Families Final 629306 7.pdf

    Facts for families (Spanish): 
    Grade 3 Reading Facts Families Final Espanol 648493 7.pdf

    What is a Good Cause Exemption? (English) 
    Facts Families GCE FinalDraft 653732 7.pdf

    What is a Good Cause Exemption? (Spanish) 
    Facts Families GCE Spanish FinalDraft 653733 7.pdf

    It starts with EMERGENT LITERACY

    Michigan eLibrary Supportive Resources for Families 
    Michigan eLibrary Resources Supporting Early Literacy 647735 7.pdf