The MAP-Alternate Assessment (MAP-A) is designed to promote enhanced capacities and integrated life opportunities and is administered only to students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who meet grade level and eligibility criteria. No students may be tested outside of their assigned grade level. Student eligibility is determined by the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team using DESE-established eligibility criteria.
MAP-A measures student performance based on alternate achievement standards that are aligned with Missouri's Show-Me Standards. A student who is eligible for the MAP-A Assessment does not participate in any other statewide standardized assessments, including the Grade-Level, End-of-Course, or the ACT Assessments. The MAP-A is administered by educators in three content areas, English language arts, mathematics, and science. For federal and state accountability, the alternate assessment is required by law at the following grade levels:
- English language arts and mathematics in grades 3-8 and grade 11
- Science in grades 5, 8, and 11.
NOTE: ELA and mathematics will be administered in all grades 3-12, with grade 11 used for accountability.
MAP-A Eligibility Criteria for English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science
All students who meet the Eligibility Criteria for the MAP-A should be given the MAP-A. Districts that have more than 1% of the total tested population, per content area, score proficient and advanced on the MAP-A must be prepared to provide justification for exceeding the 1% participation rule for Special Education Compliance monitoring purposes. See the below eligibility criteria resources:
- Alternate Assessment Checklist
- Alternate Assessment Flow Chart
- Alternate Assessment Decision-Making Guidance
- Alternate Assessment Webinar
MAP-A will be administered using two different methods: the Dynamic Learning Map (DLM®) instructionally embedded assessment model for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics and the status model for science.
MAP-A English Language Arts and Mathematics (DLM®)
The DLM® instructionally embedded assessment model will be used for ELA and mathematics. This model was created by the DLM® consortium. DLM®’s comprehensive assessment system is designed to support student learning and to more validly measure what students with the most significant cognitive disabilities know and can do. The DLM® system provides instructionally embedded assessments throughout the school year and a summative assessment based on their previous embedded assessments in the spring. DLM® provides a progress report learning profile and a year-end performance and learning profile. This school year marks the first time that Missouri students who are eligible for the MAP-A Assessment are assessed using an online, computer-based assessment in two content areas. More information about Dynamic Learning Maps can be found at http://www.dynamiclearningmaps.org/
MAP-A Science (ProFile)
The status model will continue to be used to assess Science. With this model, the student’s teacher collects student data over two short collection windows. The collection is snapshot of a student’s work and is designed to provide evidence of the connection between instruction and the Show-Me Standards. At the end of the second collection window, the district submits the student’s data in a binder. The binder is scored for accuracy and independence using a MAP-A Scoring Rubric. Scores are provided in summer following the school year. Each year the scoring rubric is included in the administration manual. The MAP-A Science can be found at http://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/assessment/map/manuals
The manual for 2014-2015 will be available soon.
|Essential Elements (full list)||English Language Arts||Mathematics|
|Essential Elements for Phase B Testing|
|Blueprints||English Language Arts||Mathematics|
|Nodes And Mini-Maps
Key To Codes On Mini-Maps
|English Language Arts||Mathematics|
|Alternate Grade-Level Expectations||Science|
|Alternate Performance Indicators||Science|
|Data Collection Forms||Science|
|User's Guide For ProFile||Science|
|Access To ProFile|
|Frequently Asked Questions|
|Sample MAP-A Parent Notification Letter|
|Technical Liaison||Supports Information Technology staff for test administration||ELA and Math|
|Data Steward||Supports data stewards with upload of user, enrollment, and roster files into Educator Portal||ELA and Math|
|Missouri's Guide To Required Test Administration Training 2014-2015||Supports Educators taking Required Test Administration Training||ELA and Math|
|Test Administration||Supports Test Examiners in preparing themselves and their students for testing||ELA and Math|
|Assessment Coordinator||Supports District Test Coordinators in preparing district and school staff for testing||ELA and Math|
|Accessibility||Provides guidance on selection and use of accessibility features for completing the Personal Needs and Profile information||ELA and Math|
|Instructor's Guide And Implementation Manual 2014-2015||Supports Test Examiners in preparing themselves and their students for testing||Science|
|Application / Document||Purpose||Content Areas|
|KITE Client||Downloaded on students’ computer. View KITE requirements and download KITE Client for Windows, Mac, iPad, Chromebooks, and Local Caching Server at: dynamiclearningmaps.org/content/kite||ELA and Math|
|Educator Portal Login||Educators administering MAP-A for English language arts and mathematics will use KITE Educator Portal. After district staff are uploaded into Educator Portal, educators will log into Educator Portal. See Technical Requirements Document and Technical Liaison Manual.||ELA and Math|
|Technical Requirements Document||
Outlines the technical requirements for the assessment
|ELA and Math|
|DLM Recorded Webinars||For Assessment Coordinators, Data Stewards, and Technical Liaisons|
|Seven Required Training Powerpoint Modules With Video Transcipts||Can be used in combination with the Required Test Administration Modules in Educator Portal|
|Guide To Practice Activities And Released Testlets - Summer 2014||Two practice activities and many released testlets for educators who wish to have a sneak peek before operational testing|
|Practice Accounts, User Names and Passwords||Mock/Fake user names and passwords for use with practice activities and released testlets in KITE Client|
|Missouri's Guide To Required Test Administration Training 2014-2015 For ELA and Math||Procedure for accessing required training in Educator Portal|
|These online, self-directed modules provide educators with instructional support for students who are eligible for the MAP-A Assessments. These PD modules can help educators meet annual professional development requirements.|
|About the DLM System||Recorded Webinar (8:51)
This webinar provides a quick overview of the DLM system used for the new MAP-A.
|More About The Initial Precursor Items||Recorded Webinar (18:52)
This webinar provides more information about testing students with symbolic and pre-symbolic communication and skills who will be testing at the Initial Precursor level.
|Sample English Language Arts Testlet||Recorded Webinar (16:52)
This video walks through a sample ELA testlet. The narrator explains each type of testlet and what you will commonly see.
|Sample Mathematics Testlet||Recorded Webinar (9:26)
This video walk through a sample mathematics testlet. The narrator explains each type of testlet and what you will commonly see.
|January 2, 2015||Science - Transfer Student Participation Deadline|
|January 5, 2015 to January 30, 2015||Science - Collection Period One|
|February 2, 2015 to February 27, 2015||Science - Collection Period Two|
|March 30, 2015 to May 22, 2015||English language arts and Mathematics - Dynamic Learning Maps (Year-Ends)|