Assessment

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


Statewide 2020-21 Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Results

On September 14, 2021, DESE released preliminary statewide 2020-21 Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) data during the State Board of Education’s meeting. The results represent data from the required Grade Level and End-of-Course (EOC) state assessments, which include English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for grades 3-8; Science for grades 5 and 8; and EOC exams in English II, Algebra I, and Biology. Results for optional EOC assessments were released as well, including: American History, Algebra I, English I, Geometry, and Physical Science. District- and building-level assessment data will be shared publicly later this fall.

View the below documents to learn more. 

Fall 2021 Assessment Updates

Performance Expectations for Government and American History

Would you like to comment on the proposed performance level descriptors and expectations for these EOC assessments?  Find a review of the process, the descriptors and related information here. Share your comments with us by completing a short survey here.

Fall Completion Window No Longer Needed
Statewide participation numbers by content area (English language arts – 91.43%, Mathematics – 90.53%, and Science – 92.48%) reflect the work of superintendents, teachers, and other district staff who ensured that students and their families felt safe when returning to their school during the spring testing window. As a result of your work, the fall completion window is no longer necessary. This will allow LEAs to focus on safe re-entry and instruction as we begin the 2021-22 school year. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the School Improvement section at 573-751-4426 or MSIP@dese.mo.gov.

Assessment Virtual Office Hours
The DESE Assessment staff will host Virtual Office Hours every Thursday at 1:30pm via Zoom. Use the links found in the following chart to access the meeting. Additional topics will be added as scheduled and topics are subject to change. The Office Hours sessions will not be recorded. You can register for the Zoom at: https://morenet.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkce2rqj0jHd3QeHV4mdqI6Loa6dnn3G-d.

Date Topic
8/26/21 Assessment Updates
AND
Navigating eDirect and Nextera
9/2/21 MAP-A: Navigating the Dynamic Learning Maps website
AND
WIDA Screener
9/9/21 New/Returning DTCs: Navigating the DESE website
9/16/21 EOC Pre-code for Fall Summative Assessments
9/23/21 Open Assessment Q&A
9/30/21 MAP Grade-Level and EOC Technology Deployment for Summative Assessments
10/7/21 MAP Grade-Level and EOC Practice Forms And Resources
10/14/21 MAP-A: DLM Reports To Monitor Progress
10/21/21 WIDA ACCESS Pre-code and Ordering

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

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February 2021 - May 2021

February 2021 - May 2021

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October 2020 - January 2021

October 2020 - January 2021

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  • 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.
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  • No updates during this time frame.
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June 2020 - September 2020

June 2020 - September 2020

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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.

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October 2019 - January 2020

October 2019 - January 2020

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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June 2019 - September 2019

June 2019 - September 2019

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  • 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.
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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
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
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
MAP-A August 17, 2021 to December 17, 2021 MAP-A Spring 2021 Electronic Individual Student Reports (ISRs) will be posted in Educator Portal
Grade-Level DUE August 06, 2021 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2021 - Item Analysis Available In DRC Portal
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 (the planner is closed until 2/7/22)
ACCESS for ELLs September 27, 2021 to November 04, 2021 ACCESS Test Materials Ordering
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
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
EOC DUE October 25, 2021 EOC Practice Test Opens
Grade-Level DUE October 04, 2021 MAP Grade-Level Practice Test, OTT And Tutorial 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
MAP-A February 07, 2022 to May 20, 2022 MAP-A Spring 2022 Required Instructionally Embedded Window
EOC February 28, 2022 to May 20, 2022 EOC Spring 2022 - Accommodated Materials Ordering Window
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 28, 2022 to March 14, 2022 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2022 - Final Pre-Code DUE - Students In System 3/21/22
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
ACCESS for ELLs DUE May 26, 2022 ACCESS Initial Data Available In WIDA AMS
DUE May 31, 2022 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2022 - Deadline To Schedule Pickup Of Printed Test Materials
ACCESS for ELLs June 15, 2022 to June 23, 2022 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