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. The alternate assessment is administered as follows:
- English language arts and mathematics in grades 3-12.
- Science in grades 3-12.
NOTE: Scores for state and federal accountability for ELA and mathematics are taken from grades 3-8 and grade 11 and for science from grades 5, 8, and 11.
Volunteer by August 20, 2015
Educators with expertise teaching students with visual impairments are especially needed.
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 the Dynamic Learning Map (DLM®) instructionally embedded assessment model for English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science.
MAP-A for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science
The DLM instructionally embedded assessment model will be used for English language arts, mathematics, and science. 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 three windows in the 2015-2016 school year: fall, winter, and end-of-year. Missouri students who are eligible for the MAP-A Assessments will be assessed using an online, computer-based system for all three content areas this year. In July 2016, DLM will provide various student reports for the Department, districts and educators, and parents or guardians.
*All 2015-2016 manuals will be posted in August as soon as available
|Accessibility||Provides guidance on the selection and use of accessibility features and for completing the First Contact Survey and Personal Needs and Preferences Profile.||ELA, Math, and
|Assessment Coordinator||Supports District Test Coordinators in preparing district and school staff for testing||ELA, Math, and Science|
|Data Steward||Supports data stewards with upload of user, enrollment, and roster files into Educator Portal||ELA, Math, and Science|
|Technical Liaison||Supports Information Technology staff for test administration||ELA, Math, and Science|
|Supports Educators taking Required Test Administration Training||ELA, Math, and Science|
|Supports Test Examiners in preparing themselves and their students for testing||ELA, Math, and 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, Math, and Science|
|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, Math, and Science|
|Technical Requirements Document||
||ELA, Math, and Science|
|DLM Recorded Webinars||For Assessment Coordinators, Data Stewards, and Technical Liaisons|
|Guide To Practice Activities And Released Testlets - Summer 2014
|Two practice ELA and Mathematics activities and many released testlets for educators who wish to have a sneak peek before operational testing|
|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.
|November 5, 2015 to December 17, 2015||Fall Window|
|November 9, 2015 to December 2, 2015||Science Fall Field Test|
|January 1, 2016 to March 1, 2016||Winter Window|
|April 4, 2016 to May 27, 2016||Spring Window|