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MAP-A Assessments

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.  (Grade 12 is optional for 2014-2015.)
  • Science in grades 5, 8, and 11.

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.


Spring Summative Assessment 2015
April 2 - May 29, 2015

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, testlets cannot be administered in KITE until Thursday,  April 2, 2105, at 6:00 a.m. The window is extended until May 29, 2015.*

Overview of the Missouri Spring Summative Assessment 2015 
*New 3/13/15

Overview Video of Spring Summative Assessment 
*NOTE: The Missouri window is March 30 – May 22, 2015. Do NOT test outside of the dates of the Missouri window.

Common Questions for Spring Summative Assessment 2015
*New 4/20/15
Testlet Information Pages (TIPs) Spring 2015 
*New 3/6/15
Mathematics Materials Collections for Spring Summative Assessment 2015
*New 2/24/2015
Mathematics Materials Collections for Spring Summative Assessment 2015  – BVI edition
*New 3/3/2015
Math Glossary
Writing Testlet FAQ Spring Summative Assessment 2015 
*New 3/13/2015
DLM Familiar Texts 


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:

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.

Complete ProFile at:  https://profile.measuredprogress.org/MAP-A/login.aspx


MAP-A Science (Enrollment)

Enroll at https://mapascience.missouri.edu

Important Science dates:

Collection Period One 1/5/2015 – 1/30/2015
Collection Period Two 2/2/2015 – 3/13/2015 - Extended
*New Deadline for Return Shipping 3/20/2015
​*New DateProFile Closes 3/27/2015



Resource Content Area
Essential Elements (full list) English Language Arts Mathematics
Blueprints for 2014-2015 English Language Arts 
*Minor Revision 1/8/2015

Nodes And Mini-Maps 2014-2015

English Language Arts Mathematics
Professional Development Modules English Language Arts Mathematics
Professional Development and Essential Elements Cross Reference  English Language Arts Mathematics
Paper/Pencil Tracking Chart English Language Arts Mathematics
Alternate Grade-Level Expectations (AGLEs) Science
Alternate Performance Indicators (APIs) Science
Data Collection Forms Science
Blueprints Science
User's Guide For ProFile Science
Access To ProFile
Frequently Asked Questions
Sample MAP-A Parent Notification Letter
Document Descriptions


Manual Purpose Content Area(s)
Technical Liaison 
   *Revision date: March 12, 2015
Supports Information Technology staff for test administration ELA and Math

Data Steward
  *Revision date: March 5, 2015

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 
  *Updated 2/25/15

Supports Test Examiners in preparing themselves and their students for testing ELA and Math

Assessment Coordinator 
  *Updated 2/25/15

Supports District Test Coordinators in preparing district and school staff for testing ELA and Math
  *Updated 2/16/15
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

Applications And Technical Requirements

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
Updated 10-02-2014.   Linux and Chrome are not a supported client at this time.
Mozilla Firefox is the preferred and only fully supported browser for the KITE system.

ELA and Math

Training 2014-2015

Training Description
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

Professional Development Modules

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.


Important Dates

Dates Event
January 2, 2015 Science - Transfer Student Participation Deadline
January 5, 2015 to January 30, 2015 Science - Collection Period One
February 2, 2015 to March 13, 2015 Science - Collection Period Two - Extended
March 20, 2015 New Deadline for Return Shipping
March 27, 2015 New date for ProFile Closing
March 30, 2015 to May 22, 2015 English language arts and Mathematics - Dynamic Learning Maps (Year-Ends)