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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.
  • 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.

Seeking Reviewers for New Assessments

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:

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.​



Resource Content Area
Essential Elements (full list) English Language Arts 
Guide to the Foundational Area of the Learning Map 
Foundational Maps, All Grades 
Blueprints for 2015-2016 English Language Arts  Mathematics Science

Nodes And Mini-Maps 2015-2016

English Language Arts Mathematics
Science Nodes and Mini-Maps under development
Paper/Pencil ELA Selection Records Math Selection Records
Professional Development Modules
Professional Development and Essential Elements Cross Reference 
Science Fall Field Test 
Math Glossary 
DLM Familiar Texts 
Guide to DLM Required Test administrator Training 2015-2016 MO
Facilitator Guide to DLM Required Test Administrator Training MO 

Parent Interpretive Guide 


*All 2015-2016 manuals will be posted in August as soon as available

Manual Purpose Content Area(s)
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

Test Administration 

Supports Test Examiners in preparing themselves and their students for testing ELA, Math, and 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, 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
  • The 2015-2016 Technical Requirements Document will be coming soon.
  • This document will outline the technical requirements for KITE Client and Educator Portal.
  • XP and Linux are not supported.
  • Mozilla Firefox is the preferred and only fully supported browser for Educator Portal
ELA, Math, and Science


Training Description
DLM Recorded Webinars For Assessment Coordinators, Data Stewards, and Technical Liaisons
Guide To Practice Activities And Released Testlets - Summer 2014 
*Still Applicable
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.


Important Dates

Dates Event
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