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End-of-Course

The Missouri Assessment Program assesses students' progress toward the Missouri Learning Standards, which are Missouri's content standards.  End-of-Course assessments are taken when a student has received instruction on the Missouri Learning Standards for an assessment, regardless of grade level.  For the 2014-2015 school year, all EOC assessments are available only online, unless a student's IEP indicates that a Braille, Large Print, or Paper/Pencil form is needed.  Missouri's suite of available End-of-Course assessments includes: English I, English II, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, American History, Government, Biology and Physical Science (new in 2014-2015).

Beginning with the 2014-2015 accountability year, districts must ensure that students complete EOC assessments in Algebra I, English II, Biology, and Government prior to high school graduation. For students who complete the Algebra I EOC assessment prior to high school, Algebra II is the required high school mathematics assessment for accountability purposes. 

All students, including Missouri Option students, are required to participate in EOC assessments designated as "required" for accountability purposes. A few groups of students are exempt from EOC assessments required for accountability purposes. Exempt student groups include:

  • Students whose IEP teams have determined that they are eligible to participate in the Missouri Assessment Program-Alternate (MAP-A)
  • English Language Learners (ELL) who have been in the United States 12 months or fewer at the time of administration may be exempted from taking the English II and/or English I assessments.
  • Foreign exchange students (not required to participate, but may do so at the district's discretion)
  • Home schooled students (not required to participate, but may do so at the local district's discretion)
  • Private school students

Important Dates

Dates Event
DUE September 19, 2014 Fall 2014 First Precode - Students Available in iTester 9/29 - Students May Begin Testing 10/6
October 6, 2014 to January 23, 2015 Fall 2014 Window
DUE November 7, 2014 Fall 2014 Second Precode - Students Available in iTester 11/17 - Students May Begin Testing 11/24
DUE January 30, 2015 Spring 2015 First Precode - Students Available in iTester 2/16/15 - Students May Begin Testing 2/23/15
February 23, 2015 to May 22, 2015 Spring 2015 Window
DUE March 6, 2015 Spring 2015 Second Precode - Students Available in iTester 3/16/15 - Students May Begin Testing 3/23/15
DUE April 3, 2015 Spring 2015 Third Precode - Students Available in iTester 4/20/15 - Students May Begin Testing 4/27/15

EOC Assessment

EOC Process

Step 1: Training

The DTC, STC and any district personel invloved in testing should view the appropriate recorded training(s) and review the Test Administration Manual prior to administration.

Step 2: iTester Admin Opens

On 9/29/14 (Fall) and 2/16/15 (Spring) the iTester Administration site opens up. At this time, district IT staff should log in and download the latest version of the iTester student client and run workstation readiness tests on all systems that are to be used for testing.

Step 3: Site Certification

IT staff confirms with the School Test Coordinator that the building is ready for testing and the STC or DTC confirms that within iTester Admin on the Site Setup tab.

Step 4: Student Selection

Determine which students, if any, will test during the statewide administration window. Decisions on which students test should be based on the completion of the Missouri Learning Standards for the appropriate course/content area.

Step 5: Determining Content Windows

Determine the district's seven business day window for each content area being assessed. Content windows can be separate or overlap, but must fall completely within the state window. The DTC then designates each selected content window in iTester.

Step 6: Pre-coding

Participating in the pre-code process will populate students into the iTester system. During the fall and spring statewide windows, there are multiple pre-code windows – however, a district may use only one window for the fall and one for the spring. To determine which pre-code window is best for the district, look at the calendar above. Each pre-code deadline has an associated date when students will be populated in the iTester system and a date when they can begin testing. The district should pre-code during the window that accommodates their first anticipated content window.

Step 7: Final Preparation

Once students become available in the iTester administration system, the DTC or STC should check to ensure that all students are enrolled in the correct content area and assigned to the correct examiner. Changes can be made to student information and student groups at this time. Students can also be manually added at this time.

Step 8: Special Considerations

If a student needs a Paper/Pencil, Braille or Large Print assessment, those must be marked prior to testing. Braille and Large Print assessments can be ordered from the iTester Admin page, using the Materials Ordering tab. Orders must be placed at least one week prior to testing. For paper/pencil, the DTC must download and print the assessment prior to testing. Other accommodations and designated supports should be entered prior to student testing, but can be selected in the system until the end of the district's seven day content window.

Step 9: Testing

Please Note: It is reccommended that students are given ample time to access the tutorial prior to test administration. The tutorial allows students to become familiar with the way the system works and the tools contained within. The tutorial is available year round and can be accessed at any time.

The DTC or STC can access the computer generated usernames and passwords from the iTester Admin page. iTester allows for batch printing of student login tickets which contain the username and password. These should be distributed to students prior to testing. Students log into the iTester Student client using the username and password provided on their student login ticket. If the assessment has more than one session, students will need to enter the session code as well. Sessions are not required to be given on the same day, but they must both fall in the district seven day content window.

Step 9: Closing Window Early (Optional)

If a district completes all testing for a content area before the district seven day content window ends, they may contact Questar (800-571-2545) and close the window early. If a district closes a window early, the five business day turnaround time for results will begin the business day following the closing of the window.

Step 10: Download Reports

Five business days after the close of the district content window, DTCs can download student scores from the Reports tab.

Manuals

2014-2015 Test Administration Manual

The Test Administration Manual for the 2014-2015 year will be available soon

  • Test Administration Manual (Coming Soon)

Trainings

2014-2015 End-of-Course Assessments Trainings

Two separate required trainings will be available soon for the 2014-2015 End-of-Course Assessments - One geared for District and School Test Coordinators and the other for Test Examiners.

  • DTC/STC Training (Coming Soon)
  • Examiner Training (Coming Soon)

Additionally, resources are available through iTester Admin. By accessing the iTester Admin help tab you can view:

  • Trainings on how to use iTester
  • Software Installation and Systems Testing Guide

Cost

The following information reflects district cost for the EOC assessments for the 2014-2015 school year.

 

Assessment Cost
Algebra I $1.80*
Biology $1.80*
English II $1.80*
Government No Cost*
Algebra II $1.88
American History $1.88
English I $3.84
Geometry $1.88
Physical Science $1.88

*required for accountability

FAQ

Q: What types of questions are on the test?
A: There are two types of items on End-of-Course assessments:

  • Multiple choice items are composed of selected response questions developed specifically for Missouri. Multiple choice items appear on all Missouri EOC assessments.
  • Performance events are longer, more demanding tasks requiring students to work through problems, experiments, arguments, or extended pieces of writing. Performance events appear only on the Algebra I, Biology, English I and English II EOC assessments.

Q: What do I do if I pre-coded a student who does not need to test?
A: Don’t do anything. As long as the student doesn’t log into the system, no record is created for the student.

Q: What do I do if I don’t have an iTester password and I’m the DTC?
A: DTC's will receive iTester login information from Questar at least one week prior to the opening of the statewide testing window. If you are the DTC, and haven't received login information within this timeframe, be sure that you are listed on screen 3 of core data as the assessment contact. Contact Questar. Questar will verify with DESE that you are the DTC and then Questar will send you your information.

Q: When and how will my teachers get passwords to access iTester?
A: Test examiners are established in the pre-code file. The system automatically generates usernames/passwords for them. The DTC can manually add examiners. NOTE: Test examiners are removed from the system at the end of each statewide administration window.

Q: How do I tell if a student has already taken an EOC?
A: You can access this information on the EOC history report. The EOC history report is available in administrative reports, on the secure side of the MCDS Data Portal. You can access the EOC history report by logging into the MCDS Data Portal, choosing student assessment, then guided inquiry.

Q: How do I know if I need to test a student that just moved in from out of state or from a private school?
A: Contact Accountability Data at 573-526-4886 or [email protected].

Q: A student just transferred from another district, and took Algebra I but did not take the EOC, do I have to test that student?
A: Contact Accountability Data at 573-526-4886 or [email protected].

Q: Are students required to take more than the Algebra I, English II, Biology and Government EOCs?
A: Contact MSIP at 573-751-4426 or [email protected].

Q: Are there bonus points for optional EOCs?
A: Contact MSIP at 573-751-4426 or [email protected].

Q: Can a student test more than once in a content area in a single statewide assessment window?
A: No, a student may only test once in a content area in a statewide assessment window.

Q: A student needs to re-take Algebra I for A+ purposes. Do both scores count for accountability?
A: Contact Accountability Data at 573-526-4886 or [email protected].

Q: How do I access the practice test tutorials?
A: Open iTester student. Login to the content area using the following usernames and passwords.

CONTENT USERNAME PASSWORD
Algebra I MOALG1 practice
Algebra II MOALG2 practice
Geometry MOGEO practice
Biology MOBIO practice
Physical Science MOPHYSC practice
English I MOENG1 practice
English II MOENG2 practice
American History MOAMHIST practice
Government MOGOV practice

 

Contact Information

Assessment

DESE Phone
ARC (MAP-A)
Grade-Level Assessment
Dynamic Learning Maps (MAP-A)
Measured Progress (MAP-A)
Questar (EOC)
WIDA (ACCESS for ELLs)
MetriTech (ACCESS for ELLs)
MetaLogic (Personal Finance)

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