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The Missouri Assessment Program assesses students’ progress toward mastery of the Show-Me Standards which are the educational standards in Missouri. The Grade-Level Assessment is a yearly standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri.

Who takes the Grade-Level Assessment?

All students in grades 3-8 in Missouri will take the grade level assessment. English Language Arts and Mathematics are administered in all grades. Science is administered in grades 5 and 8. A few groups of students may be exempt from certain portions or all of the assessment. Those include:

  • Students whose IEP teams have determined that the MAP-A is the appropriate assessment do not have to take the Grade-Level assessment.
  • 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 Language Arts portion. All other content areas must be assessed.
  • Foreign exchange students are allowed, but are not required to take the assessment. This is a district decision.
  • Homeschooled students may take part in the assessment at the local district's discretion.
  • Private school students are not required to take the Grade-Level assessment.

Important Dates

Dates Event
April 4, 2016 to May 27, 2016 Spring 2016 Testing Window

Grade-Level Assessment


Spring 2015 Test Administration Manual *Version 2 - Updated Feb. 27*
Addendum To The Test Administration Manual *3/13/15* - Update to Tools/Supports/Accommodations, Guidance on Translation, FAQ
2nd Addendum To The Test Administration Manual *3/27/15* - Update to 6-8 Math


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

DTC/STC Training
Examiner Training


2014-2015 Administration

2013-2014 Administration

General Resources

Achievement Level Descriptors

English Language Arts - Grade 3
English Language Arts - Grade 4
English Language Arts - Grade 5
English Language Arts - Grade 6
English Language Arts - Grade 7
English Language Arts - Grade 8

Mathematics - Grade 3
Mathematics - Grade 4
Mathematics - Grade 5
Mathematics - Grade 6
Mathematics - Grade 7
Mathematics - Grade 8
Science - Abbreviated
Science - Unabbreviated

Released Items - Science

Released Items Scoring Guide Anchor Papers
Grade 5 Grade 5  
Grade 7 Grade 7 Grade 7
Grade 8 Grade 8  




The following information reflects district cost for statewide assessments for the 2014-2015 school year. The pricing for assessments used for accountability purposes reflect no total increase in cost to school districts.

Grade Cost
3 $1.80
4 $1.80
5 $1.80
6 $1.80
7 $1.80
8 $1.80


Digital Library

The Digital Library is a collection of both professionally commissioned and teacher developed formative assessment practices and professional learning resources. Teachers from across the consortium worked together to create and vet professional development materials and instructional resources aligned to the standards and the Smarter Balanced assessment system.

All educators should have access to the Digital Library. There is no limit to whom access is granted nor how many educators should access the resource. Teachers, administrators, coaches, coordinators can all benefit from the resources of the Digital Library.

The Digital Library is provided at no cost to districts.

10/3/14 NOTE: Smarter Balanced has completed the transition of the Digital Library to operational status, and all DTCs should now be able to access the system to add and edit district users. The FTP site that was established for user provisioning in the review period is no longer available. Any users uploaded prior to today should still be active in the system. To add additional users, delete users, or edit current users, you will now use the Smarter Balanced Administration and Registration Tool (ART). Log in to ART using your password for the Digital Library below.


For questions or help with the Digital Library, please contact [email protected]

Administration and Registration Tool (ART)

The ART system is used by some states for all aspects of Smarter Balanced, including registering students for testing. When you log in, ALL of the functions on the home screen will be visible. Missouri will NOT be using ART to register students for any part of the Missouri Assessment Program. DTCs should not enter any student information into ART.