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MAP-A

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. 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:

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.


Resources for English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science

Frequently Asked Questions English Language Arts Mathematics
Essential Elements English Language Arts Mathematics
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
Blueprints Science
User's Guide for ProFile Science
Access to ProFile Science
Document Descriptions

 

Manuals for English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science

Manual

Purpose

Content Areas

Technical Liaison

Supports Information Technology staff for test administration

English language arts and mathematics

Data Steward

Supports data stewards with upload of user, enrollment, and roster files into Educator Portal

English language arts and mathematics

Missouri’s Guide to Required Test Administration Training 2014-2015 Supports Educators taking Required Test Administration Training English language arts and mathematics

Test Administration

To be released September 17, 2014

Supports Test Examiners in preparing themselves and their students for testing

English language arts and mathematics

Assessment Coordinator

To be released September 17, 2014

Supports District Test Coordinators in preparing district and school staff for testing

English language arts and mathematics

Accessibility

Provides guidance on selection and use of accessibility features for completing the Personal Needs and Profile information

English language arts and mathematics

Instructor’s Guide and Implementation Manual 2014-2015

Supports Test Examiners in preparing themselves and their students for testing

Science

Applications and Technical Requirements

KITE Client

English language arts and mathematics

Downloaded on students’ computer.  View KITE requirements and download KITE Client for Windows, Mac,  iPad, Chromebooks, and Local Caching Server at:  http://www.dynamiclearningmaps.org/content/kite

Educator Portal Login

English language arts and mathematics

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.

Technical Requirements Document

English language arts and mathematics

 

 

 

Training 2014-2015

(ELA and Math only at this time)

September 8, 2014

Recorded Webinars

For Assessment Coordinators, Data Stewards, and Technical Liaisons

August 22, 2014

Seven (7) Required Training  PowerPoint Modules with Video Transcripts

Can be used in combination with the Required Test Administration Modules in Educator Portal

August 22, 2014

Guide to Practice Activities & Released Testlets Summer 2014

Two practice activities and many released testlets for educators who wish to have a sneak peek before operational testing.

August 22, 2014

Practice Accounts User Names and Passwords

Mock/Fake user names and passwords for use with practice activities and released testlets in KITE Client

August 29, 2014

Missouri’s Guide to Required Test Administration Training 
2014-2015 for English Language Arts and Mathematics

Procedure for accessing required training in Educator Portal

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 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.
English language arts 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.
Mathematics 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 February 27, 2015 Science - Collection Period Two
March 30, 2015 to May 22, 2015 English language arts and Mathematics - Dynamic Learning Maps (Year-Ends)

Contact Information

Assessment

DESE Phone
ARC (MAP-A)
Grade-Level Assessment
Dynamic Learning Maps (MAP-A)
Measured Progress (MAP-A)
Questar (EOC)
WIDA (ACCESS for ELLs)
MetriTech (ACCESS for ELLs)
MetaLogic (Personal Finance)

Editorial Section

Assessment