GLCE's (pronounced "glicks") stands for Grade Level Content Expectations.
As part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the federal Dept of Ed called upon states to develop grade level assessments based on “rigorous academic standards.”
Here in Michigan we call these standards GLCE's and the state assessment that tests the mastery of these GLCE's is called the MEAP (Michigan Educational Assessment Program). The MEAP is given every October and assesses the GLCE's from the year before. So this year in October, the students will be tested on 4th grade GLCE's.
It is important parents know and understand the grade level content expectations of their child so that they can:
-Learn what students need to know by the end of the school year
-Discuss student progress during Parent Teacher Conferences
-Support learning at home that is aligned with what is being taught in the classroom and tested on the MEAP
-Understand their child's MEAP score
*Michigan Dept of Ed complete list of all GLCE's by grade click here
*Michigan Dept of Ed made more condensed and user friendly guide just for parents, click here
*Michigan Dept of Ed official MEAP page click here
*Ann Arbor put together a nice organized collection of all the 5th grade GLCE's click here
Download Last Year's MEAP Test for Practice!