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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 certian 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.

What is the cost of the test?

8 $3.60


What kinds of questions are on the test?

There are three types of questions on the Grade-Level assessment:

Multiple choice items are composed of selected response questions developed specifically for Missouri/or the survey portion of TerraNova, a nationally normed test.

Constructed response items require students to supply an appropriate response rather than making a selection from a list of choices.

Performance events are longer, more demanding tasks requiring students to work through problems, experiments, arguments, or extended pieces of writing.

Is the Grade-Level Assessment available in languages other than English?

No. All Missouri Grade-Level assessments are available only in English.

Important Dates

Dates Event
March 30, 2015 to May 22, 2015 MAP Grade-Level Assessments Window

Contact Information


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