Assessment

Spring 2021 Assessment Update

On March 25, the department released Administrative Memo CCR-21-005, concerning the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) and statewide assessments during the spring of 2021.

Some highlights include:

  • The extension of the state testing window for both MAP Grade-Level, End-of-Course and MAP-A Assessments to June 15, 2021. This extension does not apply to WIDA ACCESS, window closes on April 2, 2021.
  • The removal of the 7-business day window for content areas for End-of-Course.
  • A change in the target participation of rate of assessments from 95% to 85%.
  • The addition of a application-only fall test window for districts who fail to meet the 85% participation rate this spring. This fall window will only be for MAP Grade-Level and EOC. It does not apply for MAP-A or WIDA ACCESS. More information on this application process will be forthcoming.

In addition to the memo, the department has created an FAQ document to help answer some accountability questions. Also, a best practices guide for both MAP Grade-Level and End-of-Course are available for district use in preparing for spring testing.

If you have questions about accountability, please contact MSIP@dese.mo.gov or call 573-751-4426 or 573-751-4104. For questions about assessment administration, please contact assessment@dese.mo.gov or 573-751-3545.

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.

For more information, please see the Guide To The Missouri Assessment Program

Assessment Updates

Assessment Updates

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.

June 2021 - September 2021

June 2021 - September 2021

MAP Grade-Level Logo
Assessment EOC Logo
    Dynamic Learning Maps Logo
      WIDA Logo
      February 2021 - May 2021

      February 2021 - May 2021

      MAP Grade-Level Logo
      Assessment EOC Logo
      Dynamic Learning Maps Logo
      WIDA Logo
      October 2020 - January 2021

      October 2020 - January 2021

      MAP Grade-Level Logo
      • 11/18/20 - DRC sent a message regarding DRC Technology Updates.
      • 10/19/20 - The Practice Forms for Grades 6, 7, 8 Math have been updated.
      Assessment EOC Logo
      • No updates during this time frame.
      Dynamic Learning Maps Logo
      WIDA Logo
      MO LEAP Logo
      June 2020 - September 2020

      June 2020 - September 2020

      MAP Grade-Level Logo
      Assessment EOC Logo
      Dynamic Learning Maps Logo
      WIDA Logo
      MO LEAP Logo
      February 2020 - May 2020

      February 2020 - May 2020

      In March, Missouri canceled required statewide assessments for the remainder of SY 2019-2020; this includes Grade-Level, End-of-Course and Alternate assessments. Refer to the DESE-related COVID-19 webpage for links to useful information. DESE officials have examined the impact of canceling spring 2020 testing, specifically on local education agencies and 2020 graduating seniors.

      MAP Grade-Level Logo
      Assessment EOC Logo
      Dynamic Learning Maps Logo
      WIDA Logo

       

      October 2019 - January 2020

      October 2019 - January 2020

      MAP Grade-Level Logo
      Assessment EOC Logo
      • 11/22/19 -  Questar sent a message regarding District Test Coordinator Training Reminder - December 10th and December 11th.
      • 10/18/19 - 2018-2019 Guide To Interpreting Results - updated GIR to reflect the Science score ranges.
      Dynamic Learning Maps Logo
      • 01/27/20 - Volume 9, Issue 7 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
      • 12/17/19 - Volume 9, Issue 6 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
      • 12/02/19 - Volume 9, Issue 5 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
      • 11/06/19 - Volume 9, Issue 4 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
      • 10/07/19 - Volume 9, Issue 3 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
      WIDA Logo

       

      June 2019 - September 2019

      June 2019 - September 2019

      MAP Grade-Level Logo
      Assessment EOC Logo
      Dynamic Learning Maps Logo
      • 09/23/19 - All manuals, guides and resources for MAP-A testing have been updated on the MAP-A page.
      • 09/16/19 - Volume 9, Number 2 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
      • 08/12/19 - Volume 9, Number 1 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
      WIDA Logo

       

      Resources

      State Testing Windows

      Statewide Testing Windows

      State Testing Windows

      Assessment Event 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
      MAP Grade-Level Assessment Spring Summative 4/5/21 - 6/15/21 4/4/22 - 5/27/22 TBD
      Fall Completion 9/7/21 - 9/30/21    
      End-of-Course Summer Summative 6/8/20 - 7/31/20 6/7/21 - 7/30/21 TBD
      Fall Summative 10/26/20 - 1/22/21 10/25/21 - 1/28/22 TBD
      Spring Summative 3/1/21 - 5/28/21 3/7/22 - 5/27/22 TBD
      Fall Completion 9/7/21 - 9/30/21    
      MAP-Alternate (MAP-A) Required Instructionally Embedded Assessments Fall Window 9/14/20 - 12/18/20 9/13/21 - 12/17/21 9/12/22 - 12/16/22
      Required Instructionally Embedded Assessments Spring Window 2/1/21 - 6/15/21 2/7/22 - 5/20/22 2/6/23 - 5/19/23
      ACCESS for ELLs English Language Proficiency 1/11/21 - 4/2/21 1/10/22 - 3/4/22 TBD

      Item Specifications

      Item Specifications

      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 Name Dates Event
      EOC DUE October 19, 2020 EOC Practice Test Opens
      MAP-A February 01, 2021 to June 15, 2021 MAP-A Spring 2021 Required Instructionally Embedded Window
      EOC February 22, 2021 to May 21, 2021 EOC Spring 2021 Accommodated Materials Ordering Window
      EOC March 01, 2021 to June 15, 2021 EOC Spring 2021 Window
      Grade-Level April 05, 2021 to June 15, 2021 MAP Grade-Level Spring Testing Window
      EOC May 28, 2021 to July 23, 2021 EOC Summer 2021 - Accommodated Materials Ordering Window
      EOC June 07, 2021 to July 30, 2021 EOC Summer 2021 - Testing Window
      EOC August 30, 2021 to September 23, 2021 EOC Fall Completion - Accommodated Materials Ordering Window
      Grade-Level August 30, 2021 to September 23, 2021 MAP Grade-Level Fall Completion - Additional Materials Ordering Window
      Grade-Level DUE August 06, 2021 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2021 - Item Analysis Available In DRC Portal
      MAP-A DUE August 06, 2021 MAP-A Spring 2021 Electronic Individual Student Reports (ISRs) And Rosters Available
      EOC DUE August 30, 2021 EOC Fall Completion - Test Setup Available
      Grade-Level DUE August 30, 2021 MAP Grade-Level Fall Completion - Test Setup Available
      Grade-Level DUE August 02, 2021 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2021 - Electronic Individual Student Reports (ISRs) And Rosters Available
      MAP-A September 13, 2021 to December 17, 2021 MAP-A Fall 2021 Required Instructionally Embedded Window
      ACCESS for ELLs September 27, 2021 to November 04, 2021 ACCESS Test Materials Ordering
      EOC September 07, 2021 to September 30, 2021 EOC Fall Completion - Testing Window
      EOC September 13, 2021 to September 27, 2021 EOC Fall 2021-2022 - First Pre-Code DUE - Students In System 10/11/21 - Students May Start Testing 10/25/21
      Grade-Level September 07, 2021 to August 30, 2021 MAP Grade-Level Fall Completion - Test Window
      EOC October 25, 2021 to January 28, 2022 EOC Fall 2021-2022 - Testing Window
      EOC October 18, 2021 to January 21, 2022 EOC Fall 2021-2022 - Accommodated Materials Ordering Window
      ACCESS for ELLs October 04, 2021 to October 29, 2021 ACCESS Pre-Code Window
      Grade-Level DUE October 04, 2021 MAP Grade-Level Practice Test, OTT And Tutorial Opens
      EOC DUE October 25, 2021 EOC Practice Test Opens
      ACCESS for ELLs November 08, 2021 to March 04, 2022 ACCESS Test Setup Available
      EOC November 01, 2021 to November 12, 2021 EOC Fall 2021-2022 - Final Pre-Code DUE - Students In System And May Start Testing 11/30/21
      ACCESS for ELLs December 06, 2021 to February 25, 2022 ACCESS Additional Test Materials Ordering
      ACCESS for ELLs DUE December 06, 2021 ACCESS Materials Arrive In Districts
      ACCESS for ELLs January 10, 2022 to March 04, 2022 ACCESS 2021-2022 Testing Window
      Grade-Level January 24, 2022 to February 07, 2022 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2022 - First Pre-Code DUE - Students In System 2/21/22
      EOC January 24, 2022 to February 07, 2022 EOC Spring 2022 - First Pre-Code DUE - Students In System 2/28/22 - Students May Start Testing 3/7/22
      Grade-Level January 03, 2022 to January 28, 2022 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2022 - Large Print/Braille Ordering Window
      Grade-Level DUE January 03, 2022 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2022 - DRC Portal Opens
      EOC February 28, 2022 to May 20, 2022 EOC Spring 2022 - Accommodated Materials Ordering Window
      MAP-A February 07, 2022 to May 20, 2022 MAP-A Spring 2022 Required Instructionally Embedded Window
      Grade-Level February 28, 2022 to March 14, 2022 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2022 - Final Pre-Code DUE - Students In System 3/21/22
      EOC February 28, 2022 to March 14, 2022 EOC Spring 2022 - Second Pre-Code DUE - Students In System And May Start Testing 4/1/22
      Grade-Level February 10, 2022 to February 25, 2022 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2022 - Second Pre-Code DUE - Students In System 3/7/22
      EOC March 07, 2022 to May 27, 2022 EOC Spring 2022 - Testing Window
      Grade-Level March 22, 2022 to May 20, 2022 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2022 - Additional Materials Ordering Window
      EOC March 21, 2022 to April 04, 2022 EOC Spring 2022 - Final Pre-Code DUE - Students In System And May Start Testing 04/22/22
      Grade-Level DUE March 21, 2022 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2022 - Large Print/Braille Materials Arrive In District
      Grade-Level April 11, 2022 to June 17, 2022 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2022 - Printed ISR/Student Report Labels Ordering Window
      Grade-Level April 04, 2022 to May 27, 2022 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2022 - Testing Window
      ACCESS for ELLs DUE April 08, 2022 ACCESS Deadline To Ship Materials To DRC
      ACCESS for ELLs May 03, 2022 to May 10, 2022 ACCESS Pre-Reporting Data Validation
      DUE May 31, 2022 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2022 - Deadline To Schedule Pickup Of Printed Test Materials
      ACCESS for ELLs DUE May 26, 2022 ACCESS Initial Data Available In WIDA AMS
      ACCESS for ELLs June 15, 2022 to June 23, 2021 ACCESS Post-Reporting Data Validation
      ACCESS for ELLs DUE June 15, 2022 ACCESS Districts Receive Individual Student Reports (ISR)
      ACCESS for ELLs DUE July 08, 2022 ACCESS Districts Receive Final Data
      MAP-A September 12, 2022 to December 16, 2022 MAP-A Fall 2022 Required Instructionally Embedded Window
      MAP-A February 06, 2023 to May 19, 2023 MAP-A Spring 2023 Required Instructionally Embedded Window