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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.

August 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

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 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)

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
Social Studies

Assessment Calendar

Assessment Dates Event
MAP-A September 21, 2016 to February 28, 2017 Instructionally Embedded Assessments Window
EOC October 3, 2016 to January 20, 2017 Fall 2016 Testing Window
Personal Finance October 3, 2016 to January 20, 2017 Fall 2016 Testing Window
EOC DUE November 4, 2016 Fall 2016 Second Pre-Code Window -- Students available in iTester 11/15/16 -- Students may begin testing 11/21/16
Grade-Level November 21, 2016 CDT Test Setup Available
Grade-Level December 19, 2016 to July 28, 2017 CDT Testing Window
EOC DUE January 27, 2017 Spring 2017 First Pre-Code Due Date -- Students available in iTester 2/13/17 -- Students may begin testing 2/20/17
NAEP January 30, 2017 to March 10, 2017 Grade 8 Math, Reading, Civics, Geography, US History, Writing Assessments
NAEP January 30, 2017 to March 10, 2017 Grade 4 Math and Reading Assessment
Grade-Level DUE February 10, 2017 Spring 2017 Pre-Code Window 1 Due Date - Students available in eDirect 2/27/17
EOC February 20, 2017 to May 26, 2017 Spring 2017 Testing Window
Personal Finance February 20, 2017 to May 26, 2017 Spring 2017 Testing Window
Grade-Level DUE March 3, 2017 Spring 2017 Pre-Code Window 2 Due Date - Students available in eDirect 3/13/17
EOC DUE March 3, 2017 Spring 2017 Second Pre-Code Due Date -- Students available in iTester 3/17/17 -- Students may begin testing 3/20/17
Grade-Level DUE March 17, 2017 Spring 2017 Pre-Code Window 3 Due Date - Students available in eDirect 3/27/17
MAP-A March 27, 2017 to May 19, 2017 Spring Assessment Window
EOC DUE March 31, 2017 Spring 2017 Third Pre-Code Due Date -- Students available in iTester 4/14/17 -- Students may begin testing 4/17/17
Grade-Level April 3, 2017 to May 26, 2017 Spring 2017 Testing Window
NAEP April 24, 2017 to May 19, 2017 Grade 8 Writing Assessment
EOC June 5, 2017 to August 25, 2017 Summer 2017 Testing Window
Personal Finance June 5, 2017 to August 25, 2017 Summer 2017 Testing Window
EOC October 2, 2017 to January 19, 2018 Fall 2017 Testing Window
EOC February 19, 2018 to May 25, 2018 Spring 2018 Testing Window
Grade-Level April 2, 2018 to May 25, 2018 Spring 2018 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


Administrative Memos


Web Applications

Contact Information


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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