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Subject: New MAP-A Field Test and Professional Development Self-Directed Learning Modules

Source: Beth Bashore, Assistant Director, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors/Process Coordinators, special education teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school staff serving students who take the alternate assessment

Date: December 19, 2013

The field test for the new Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) (to be known as the new MAP-A) is designed to accomplish certain goals and collectively prepare the new instruction and assessment system for its operational phase beginning in the fall of 2014.  All field tests will include a teacher survey for feedback on system features and the item contents.   Participation in the DLM field test is not mandatory.  We certainly recommend participation in one or more of the three field test events as preparation for students and teachers for the real event in the 2014-15 school year and as a means of testing equipment needs.  The link provided lists a schedule for the field test and a quick connection to the essential elements being field tested in the first round.

1. Information for the First Field Test Window - February 10-21, 2014

For dates, various resources, and the security agreement, please go to the above URL.  The Field Test 1 Security Agreement must be completed and submitted to receive user names and passwords for the Educator Portal in the KITE system for the new MAP-A field test.  The Security Agreement will be available in the next couple weeks at the above URL.

2. Self-directed Learning Modules

A series of new MAP-A self-directed professional development modules has been made available through the Dynamic Learning Map consortium.  The modules provide information to prepare teachers for administering the New MAP-A in 2014.

Ten online, on-demand, self-directed professional development modules are available from DLM for the new MAP-A.  Module 2: Dynamic Learning Maps Essential Elements will provide an introduction to the Essential Elements that have been developed in English language arts and mathematics for students with significant cognitive disabilities who will complete alternate assessments.  The Essential Elements are specific statements of the content and skills that are intended to provide links between the common core standards and grade specific expectations for this population of students.  Many Missouri educators contributed their expertise over the past three years and were an integral part of the development of the Essential Elements.