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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.

October 2018 - January 2019

October 2018 - January 2019

Assessment Performance Level Meeting Information
  • 10/16/18 - EOC Trainings have been posted on the Manuals/Training tab of the EOC page.
  • 10/15/18 - The Performance Level Descriptors for ELA and Math have been updated.
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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
 

Assessment Resources

End-of-Course

MAP Grade-Level

  • Test Coordinators Manual - To Be Updated
  • Grade-Level Tools and Accommodations Spring 2019 - To Be Updated
  • Grade-Level Blueprints 2018-2019 -- To Be Updated
  • 2017-2018 Guide To Interpreting Results - To Be Updated

ACCESS for ELLs

Other

ACT

ACT® testing is not a state or federal requirement. State funding first allowed for an annual administration of the ACT® in 2015 and was sufficient to offer the opportunity again in 2016 and 2017. Prior to the 2018 administration, there was a reduction of $4 million in the state assessment budget. Contact ACT® directly at 319-337-1270 for for any questions about ACT.

 

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  
End-of-Course Fall Summative 10/1/18 - 1/18/19 10/7/19 - 1/24/20
End-of-Course 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
MAP-Alternate (MAP-A) 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 February 22, 2019 ACCESS Additional Materials Ordering Window
ACCESS for ELLs January 7, 2019 to March 1, 2019 ACCESS 2019 Testing Window
EOC DUE January 25, 2019 EOC First Spring Pre-Code DUE - Students in system 2/15 - Students may begin testing 2/18
EOC February 18, 2019 to May 24, 2019 EOC Spring Testing Window
EOC DUE March 1, 2019 EOC Second Spring Pre-Code DUE - Students in system 3/21 - Students may begin testing 3/21
ACCESS for ELLs DUE March 15, 2019 ACCESS Deadline To Ship Materials
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
ACCESS for ELLs April 1, 2019 to April 8, 2019 ACCESS Pre-Reporting Data Validation Window
Grade-Level April 1, 2019 to May 24, 2019 MAP Grade-Level Spring Testing Window
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

 

Administrative Memos

Webinars

Web Applications

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)

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