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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

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

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.

February 2019 - May 2019

February 2019 - May 2019

      October 2018 - January 2019

      October 2018 - January 2019

      Assessment Performance Level Meeting Information
      June - September 2018

      June - September 2018

      February - May 2018
      October 2017 - January 2018
      June - September 2017

      June - September 2017

      • 9/15/17 - Updated Tools and Accommodations document for the 2017-2018 administration has been posted.
      • 9/12/17 - The MAP Grade-Level Test Blueprints for the 2017-2018 administration have been posted.
      • 8/7/17 - DESE sent a memo to DTCs - DTC Update.
      • 7/5/17 - Available State Assessment Windows for 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years have been updated.
      • 8/28/17 - Volume 7, Number 3 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
      • 8/7/17 - Volume 7, Number 2 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
      • 7/17/17 - Volume 7, Number 1 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
      • 7/5/17 - Available State Assessment Windows for 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years have been updated.
      February - May 2017

      February - May 2017

      October 2016 - January 2017

      October 2016 - January 2017

      June - September 2016

      June - September 2017

      • 9/30/16 - The Test Administration Manual has been updated for the 2016-2017 administration.
      • 9/30/16 - The DESE required webinar trainings for the 2016-2017 administration have been posted.
      • 9/30/16 - The EOC Tools and Accommodations document has been updated for the 2016-2017 administration.
      • 9/30/16 - The EOC Test Blueprints for the 2016-2017 administration have been posted.
      • 9/30/16 - The End-of-Course page and calendar have been updated for the 2016-2017 administration.
      • No Updates During This Time Period
       

      Statewide Testing Windows

      Assessment Event 2018-2019 2019-2020
      MAP Grade-Level Assessment Spring Summative 4/1/19 - 5/24/19 3/30/20 - 5/22/20
      End-of-Course Summer Summative No Summer EOC 6/3/19 - 8/2/19
      Fall Summative 10/1/18 - 1/18/19 10/7/19 - 1/24/20
      Spring Summative 2/18/19 - 5/24/19 2/17/20 - 5/22/20
      MAP-Alternate (MAP-A) Fall/Winter Instructionally Embedded Assessments Window 9/19/18 to 2/27/19
      (unavailable 12/19 to 1/1)
      TBD
      Spring Summative 3/25/19 - 5/17/19 3/23/20 - 5/22/20
      ACCESS for ELLs English Language Proficiency 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

      *Updated 5.30.18

      Assessment Calendar

      Assessment Dates Event
      EOC DUE September 14, 2018 EOC First Fall Pre-Code DUE - Students in system 9/27 - Students may begin testing 10/1
      MAP-A September 19, 2018 to February 27, 2019 MAP-A Fall/Winter Instructionally Embedded Assessments Window (Unavailable 12/19 - 1/1)
      EOC October 1, 2018 to January 18, 2019 EOC Fall Testing Window
      ACCESS for ELLs October 1, 2018 to November 8, 2018 ACCESS Student Count/Ordering Window
      EOC DUE November 2, 2018 EOC Second Fall Pre-Code DUE - Students in system 11/26 - Students may begin testing 11/26
      ACCESS for ELLs DUE November 2, 2018 ACCESS Pre-Code DUE
      ACCESS for ELLs November 12, 2018 to March 1, 2019 ACCESS Test Setup
      ACCESS for ELLs December 10, 2018 ACCESS District Receive Materials
      ACCESS for ELLs December 10, 2018 to March 1, 2019 ACCESS Additional Materials Ordering Window - Updated 2/11/19
      ACCESS for ELLs January 7, 2019 to March 8, 2019 ACCESS 2019 Testing Window - Updated 2/11/19
      EOC DUE January 25, 2019 EOC First Spring Pre-Code DUE - Students in system 2/15 - Students may begin testing 2/18
      Grade-Level DUE February 1, 2019 MAP Grade-Level First Spring Pre-Code DUE - Students in system 2/25 - Students may begin testing 4/1
      EOC February 18, 2019 to May 24, 2019 EOC Spring Testing Window
      Grade-Level DUE March 1, 2019 MAP Grade-Level Second Spring Pre-Code DUE - Students in system 3/11 - Students may begin testing 4/1
      EOC DUE March 1, 2019 EOC Second Spring Pre-Code DUE - Students in system 3/21 - Students may begin testing 3/21
      Grade-Level DUE March 15, 2019 MAP Grade-Level Third Spring Pre-Code DUE - Students in system 3/25 - Students may begin testing 4/1
      ACCESS for ELLs DUE March 15, 2019 ACCESS Deadline To Ship Materials - Updated 2/11/19
      MAP-A March 25, 2019 to May 17, 2019 MAP-A Spring 2019 Testing Window
      EOC DUE March 29, 2019 EOC Final Spring Pre-Code DUE - Students in system 4/19 - Students may begin testing 4/19
      Grade-Level April 1, 2019 to May 24, 2019 MAP Grade-Level Spring Testing Window
      ACCESS for ELLs April 8, 2019 to April 15, 2019 ACCESS Pre-Reporting Data Validation Window - Updated 2/11/19
      ACCESS for ELLs May 14, 2019 to May 20, 2019 ACCESS Post-Reporting Data Validation Window
      ACCESS for ELLs May 14, 2019 ACCESS Districts Receive Initial Data and Score Reports
      ACCESS for ELLs June 4, 2019 ACCESS Districts Receive Final Data
      ACCESS for ELLs January 6, 2020 to February 28, 2020 ACCESS 2020 Testing Window
      EOC February 17, 2020 to May 22, 2020 EOC Spring 2020 Testing Window
      MAP-A March 23, 2020 to May 22, 2020 MAP-A Spring 2020 Testing Window
      Grade-Level March 30, 2020 to May 22, 2020 MAP Grade-Level 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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      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)

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