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Assessment

The Assessment section provides professional services related to the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

The Assessment Section manages test development, on-going test maintenance, and oversees the test administration for four statewide, large-scale assessments. The MAP assessments test students’ progress toward mastery of the Missouri Show-Me Standards.

The following list includes updates to assessment documents, communications from DESE Assessment to District Test Coordinators (DTC) and the release of Administrative Memos concerning the Missouri Assessment Program.

November 2017


October 2017

  • 10/30/2017 - MAP-A: Volume 7, Number 5 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
  • 10/30/2017 - MAP Grade-Level: The Spring 2018 timing guidelines have been posted.
  • 10/30/2017 - The LEA Guide To The Missouri Assessment Program has been updated for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • 10/25/2017 - ACCESS for ELLs: The ACCESS To-Do Checklist has been updated.
  • 10/16/2017 - ACCESS for ELLs: The ACCESS for ELLs page has been updated - including numerous new items in the Resources tab.
  • 10/6/2017 - EOC: An update memo regarding End-of-Course assessments was sent out.
  • 10/5/2017 - EOC: The End-of-Course page was updated including: Updating the calendar of dates, the Test Administration Manual, DESE EOC Trainings and Practice Forms for Government and American History.
  • 10/4/2017 - MAP-A: Volume 7, Number 4 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
  • 10/2/2017 - ACCESS for ELLs: An update memo regarding ACCESS for ELLs was sent out.
  • 10/2/2017 - EOC: Administrative Memo LS-17-002, with information regarding Spring 2017 Algebra I and English II was sent out.

September 2017


August 2017

August 2017


July 2017

July 2017

  • 7/17/2017 - MAP-A: Volume 7, Number 1 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
  • 7/6/2017 - EOC: The Raw-to-Scale Score Conversion Chart has been updated.
  • 7/5/2017 - Available State Assessment Windows for 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years have been updated.
May 2017

May 2017

April 2017

April 2017

March 2017

March 2017

February 2017

February 2017

January 2017

January 2017

December 2016

December 2016

November 2016

November 2016

October 2016

October 2016

September 2016

September 2016

August 2016

August 2016

 

Statewide Testing Windows

Assessment Event 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
MAP Grade-Level Assessment Spring Summative 4/2/18 - 5/25/18 4/1/19 - 5/24/19 3/30/20 - 5/22/20
End-of-Course/ Personal Finance Summer Summative 6/5/17 - 8/25/17 6/4/18 - 8/24/18 6/3/19 - 8/23/19
End-of-Course/ Personal Finance Fall Summative 10/2/17 - 1/19/18 10/1/18 - 1/18/19 10/7/19 - 1/24/20
End-of-Course/ Personal Finance Spring Summative 2/19/18 - 5/25/18 2/18/19 - 5/24/19 2/17/20 - 5/22/20
MAP-Alternate (MAP-A) Fall/Winter Instructionally Embedded Assessments Window

9/19/17 - 2/28/18 (system closed from 12/20/17 - 1/1/18)

TBD TBD
MAP-Alternate (MAP-A) Spring Summative 3/26/18 - 5/18/18 3/25/19 - 5/17/19 3/23/20 - 5/22/20
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 English Language Proficiency 1/8/18 - 3/2/18 1/7/19 - 3/1/19 1/6/20 - 2/28/20

In 2014 Missouri legislators passed House Bill 1490, mandating the development of the Missouri Learning Expectations. In April of 2016, these Missouri Learning Expectations were adopted by the State Board of Education. Groups of Missouri educators from across the state collaborated to create the documents necessary to support the implementation of these expectations.

One of the documents developed is the item specification document, which includes all Missouri grade level/course expectations arranged by domains/strands. It defines what could be measured on a variety of assessments. The document serves as the foundation of the assessment development process.

Although teachers may use this document to provide clarity to the expectations, these specifications are intended for summative, benchmark, and large‐scale assessment purposes.

Components of the item specifications include:

  • Expectation Unwrapped breaks down a list of clearly delineated content and skills the students are expected to know and be able to do upon mastery of the Expectation.
  • Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Ceiling indicates the highest level of cognitive complexity that would typically be assessed on a large scale assessment. The DOK ceiling is not intended to limit the complexity one might reach in classroom instruction.
  • Item Format indicates the types of items used in large scale assessment. For each expectation, the item format specifies the type best suited for that particular expectation.
  • Content Limits/Assessment Boundaries are parameters that item writers should consider when developing a large scale assessment. For example, some expectations should not be assessed on a large scale assessment but are better suited for local assessment.
  • Sample stems are examples that address the specific elements of each expectation and address varying DOK levels. The sample stems provided in this document are in no way intended to limit the depth and breadth of possible item stems. The expectation should be assessed in a variety of ways.
  • Text Types suggests a broad list of text types for both literary and informational expectations. This list is not intended to be all inclusive: other text types may be used in the classroom setting. The expectations were written in grade level bands; for this reason, the progression of the expectations relies upon increasing levels of quantitative and qualitative text complexities. (English Language Arts Only)
  • Calculator Designation indicates whether a calculator will be available for test questions written to a particular expectations on the large-scale assessment. (Mathematics Only)
  • Stimulus Materials defines types of stimulus materials that can be used in the item stems. (Science and Social Studies Only)
  • Possible Evidence indicates observable methods in which a student can show understanding of the expectations. (Science Only)

 

English Language Arts
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies

Assessment Calendar

Assessment Dates Event
Personal Finance June 5, 2017 to August 25, 2017 Summer 2017 Testing Window
EOC DUE September 15, 2017 EOC First Fall Pre-Code DUE - Students in system 10/4 - Students may begin testing 10/5
MAP-A September 19, 2017 to February 28, 2018 Instructionally Embedded Window (Unavailable 12/20-1/1)
Personal Finance October 2, 2017 to January 19, 2018 Fall 2017 Testing Window
ACCESS for ELLs October 2, 2017 to November 9, 2017 Test Materials Ordering Window
EOC October 5, 2017 to January 19, 2018 EOC Fall Testing Window - Government/American History Only
ACCESS for ELLs DUE November 3, 2017 Pre-Code File Due To DESE
EOC DUE November 6, 2017 EOC Second Fall Pre-Code DUE - Students in system 11/13 - Students may begin testing 11/20
EOC November 6, 2017 to January 19, 2018 EOC Fall Testing Window - Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, Biology
ACCESS for ELLs November 13, 2017 to March 2, 2018 Test Setup Window
MAP-A November 13, 2017 to February 28, 2018 Science Field Testing Window
ACCESS for ELLs December 11, 2017 Districts Receive Materials
ACCESS for ELLs December 11, 2017 to February 23, 2018 Additional Materials Ordering Window
ACCESS for ELLs January 8, 2018 to March 2, 2018 2018 ACCESS for ELLs State Window
EOC DUE January 29, 2018 EOC First Spring Pre-Code DUE - Students in system 2/12 - Students may begin testing 2/19
Personal Finance February 19, 2018 to May 25, 2018 Spring 2018 Testing Window
EOC February 19, 2018 to May 25, 2018 Spring 2018 Testing Window
EOC DUE March 5, 2018 EOC Second Spring Pre-Code DUE - Students in system 3/19 - Students may begin testing 3/26
ACCESS for ELLs DUE March 16, 2018 Deadline To Ship Materials Back To DRC
MAP-A March 26, 2018 to May 18, 2018 Spring Assessment Window
EOC DUE April 2, 2018 EOC Final Spring Pre-Code DUE - Students in system 4/16 - Students may begin testing 4/23
ACCESS for ELLs April 2, 2018 to April 9, 2018 Pre-Reporting Data Validation
Grade-Level April 2, 2018 to May 25, 2018 Spring 2018 Testing Window
ACCESS for ELLs May 9, 2018 Districts Receive Reports
ACCESS for ELLs May 9, 2018 to May 15, 2018 Post-Reporting Data Validation
ACCESS for ELLs May 24, 2018 Revised Student Reports To Districts
EOC June 4, 2018 to August 24, 2018 Summer 2018 Testing Window
Personal Finance June 4, 2018 to August 24, 2018 Summer 2018 Testing Window
EOC October 1, 2018 to January 18, 2019 Fall 2018 Testing Window
Personal Finance October 1, 2018 to January 18, 2019 Fall 2018 Testing Window
ACCESS for ELLs January 7, 2019 to March 1, 2019 2019 ACCESS for ELLs State Window
EOC February 18, 2019 to May 24, 2019 Spring 2019 Testing Window
Personal Finance February 18, 2019 to May 24, 2019 Spring 2019 Testing Window
MAP-A March 25, 2019 to May 17, 2019 Spring 2019 Testing Window
Grade-Level April 1, 2019 to May 24, 2019 Spring 2019 Testing Window
EOC June 3, 2019 to August 23, 2019 Summer 2019 Testing Window
Personal Finance June 3, 2019 to August 23, 2019 Summer 2019 Testing Window
EOC October 7, 2019 to January 24, 2020 Fall 2019 Testing Window
Personal Finance October 7, 2019 to January 24, 2020 Fall 2019 Testing Window
ACCESS for ELLs January 6, 2020 to February 28, 2020 2020 ACCESS for ELLs State Window
Personal Finance February 17, 2020 to May 22, 2020 Spring 2020 Testing Window
EOC February 17, 2020 to May 22, 2020 Spring 2020 Testing Window
MAP-A March 23, 2020 to May 22, 2020 Spring 2020 Testing Window
Grade-Level March 30, 2020 to May 22, 2020 Spring 2020 Testing Window

Peer Review Status

All states' assessment systems are submitted to the United States Department of Education for Peer Review to document that they meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The current Peer Review status of all components of the Missouri Assessment Program is as follows:

Assessment Status
Grades 3 - 8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Full Approval
Grades 5 and 8 Science Full Approval
Algebra I, Biology, and English II Full Approval
MAP-A: ELA, Math, and Science (Based On Alternate Achievement Standards) Full Approval

 

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Contact Information

Assessment

DESE Assessment Phone
EOC Help Desk (Questar)
Grade-Level Help Desk (DRC)
MAP-A Help Desk (DLM)
ACCESS for ELLs Help Desk (DRC)
WIDA Help Desk (WIDA)
Personal Finance Help Desk (MetaLogic)

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