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The Missouri Assessment Program assesses students' progress toward the Missouri Learning Standards, which are Missouri's content standards.  End-of-Course assessments are taken when a student has received instruction on the Missouri Learning Standards for an assessment, regardless of grade level.  For the 2016-2017 school year, all EOC assessments are available only online, unless a student's IEP indicates that a Braille, Large Print, or Paper/Pencil form is needed.  Missouri's suite of available End-of-Course assessments includes: English I, English II, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, American History, Government, Biology and Physical Science.

Since the 2014-2015 accountability year, districts must ensure that students completed EOC assessments in Algebra I, English II, Biology, and Government prior to high school graduation. For students who complete the Algebra I EOC assessment prior to high school, Algebra II is the required high school mathematics assessment for accountability purposes. 

All students, including Missouri Option students, are required to participate in EOC assessments designated as "required" for accountability purposes. A few groups of students are exempt from EOC assessments required for accountability purposes. Exempt student groups include:

  • Students whose IEP teams have determined that they are eligible to participate in the Missouri Assessment Program-Alternate (MAP-A)
  • English Language Learners (ELL) who have been in the United States 12 cumulative months or fewer at the time of administration may be exempted from taking the English II and/or English I assessments.
  • Foreign exchange students (not required to participate, but may do so at the district's discretion)
  • Home schooled students (not required to participate, but may do so at the local district's discretion)
  • Private school students

Important Dates

Dates Event
June 5, 2017 to August 25, 2017 Summer 2017 Testing Window
October 2, 2017 to January 19, 2018 Fall 2017 Testing Window
February 19, 2018 to May 25, 2018 Spring 2018 Testing Window
June 4, 2018 to August 24, 2018 Summer 2018 Testing Window
October 1, 2018 to January 18, 2019 Fall 2018 Testing Window
February 18, 2019 to May 24, 2019 Spring 2019 Testing Window
June 3, 2019 to August 23, 2019 Summer 2019 Testing Window
October 7, 2019 to January 24, 2020 Fall 2019 Testing Window
February 17, 2020 to May 22, 2020 Spring 2020 Testing Window


2016-2017 Test Administration Manual


2016-2017 End-of-Course Assessments Trainings

The following is a series of short training webinars for the administration of the 2016-2017 End-of-Course Assessments.

Additionally, resources are available through iTester Admin. By accessing the iTester Admin help tab you can view:

  • Trainings on how to use iTester
  • Software Installation and Systems Testing Guide
  • Information about testing with tablets or Chromebooks

EOC Pretests

Released forms of End-of-Course Assessments are now available through the iTester system for districts to use as pre-tests. EOC pre-tests are administered online and provide students with a similar experience to the operational assessments. They will allow students to become familiar with the types of tools they will use and questions they can expect to encounter, in addition to providing educators with important instructional information. Pre-tests will be available beginning September 28, 2015.

Pretest Manual

Pretest Enrollment

For students included in the operational pre-code
The operational enrollment file is also loaded into the pre-test administration. This means there will be a pre-test scheduled for each student included in the operational enrollment file, and nothing further needs to be done.

For students NOT included in the operational pre-code
In order to enroll additional students in the pre-tests, meaning those excluded from the operational pre-code file, districts either must enter the student manually in the admin or create a pre-test enrollment file. The pre-test enrollment file must contain unique students who have yet to be created either in a previous pre-code file or manually. Each unique student has only one row in the file, otherwise a duplicate error will prohibit the file from loading. Only the District Test Coordinator or District IT Coordinator can upload the file.

District Enrollment File Template

Pretests PDFs and Scoring Guides

Pretest Scoring Guides

Algebra I - Session I
Algebra I - Session II

Algebra I - Session II - Scoring Guide

Algebra II
Biology - Session I
Biology - Session II
American History
English I - Session I
English I - Session II
English II - Session I
English II - Session II

Writing Prompt Scoring Guides

English I English II
Score 4+, 4+, 2 Score 4, 4, 2
Score 4, 4, 2 Score 4, 4, 2 B
Score 4-, 4-, 2 Score 4, 3, 2
Score 3+, 3+, 2 Score 3+, 3+, 1
Score 3, 3, 2 Score 3, 3-, 2
Score 3-, 3, 2 Score 3-, 2, 2
Score 2+, 2, 1 Score 2, 2, 1
Score 2, 2, 1 Score 2, 2, 1 B
Score 2-, 2-, 1 Score 2-, 2-, 1
Score 1+, 1+, 0 Score 1, 1, 1
Score 1, 1, 0 Score 1-, 1, 1
Score 1-, 1-, 2 Score 1-, 1-, 0


The following information reflects district cost for the EOC assessments for the 2015-2016 school year.

Assessment Cost
Algebra I $1.80*
Biology $1.80*
English II $1.80*
Government No Cost*
Algebra II $1.88
American History $1.88
English I $4.03
Geometry $1.88
Physical Science $1.88

*required for accountability



Q: What types of questions are on the test?
A: There are two types of items on End-of-Course assessments:

  • Multiple choice items are composed of selected response questions developed specifically for Missouri. Multiple choice items appear on all Missouri EOC assessments.
  • Performance events are longer, more demanding tasks requiring students to work through problems, experiments, arguments, or extended pieces of writing. Performance events appear only on the Algebra I, Biology, English I and English II EOC assessments.

Q: What do I do if I pre-coded a student who does not need to test?
A: Don’t do anything. As long as the student doesn’t log into the system, no record is created for the student.

Q: What do I do if I don’t have an iTester password and I’m the DTC?
A: DTC's will receive iTester login information from Questar at least one week prior to the opening of the statewide testing window. If you are the DTC, and haven't received login information within this timeframe, be sure that you are listed on screen 3 of core data as the assessment contact. Contact Questar. Questar will verify with DESE that you are the DTC and then Questar will send you your information.

Q: When and how will my teachers get passwords to access iTester?
A: Test examiners are established in the pre-code file. The system automatically generates usernames/passwords for them. The DTC can manually add examiners. NOTE: Test examiners are removed from the system at the end of each statewide administration window.

Q: How do I tell if a student has already taken an EOC?
A: You can access this information on the EOC history report. The EOC history report is available in administrative reports, on the secure side of the MCDS Data Portal. You can access the EOC history report by logging into the MCDS Data Portal, choosing student assessment, then guided inquiry.

Q: How do I know if I need to test a student that just moved in from out of state or from a private school?
A: Contact Accountability Data at 573-526-4886 or accountabilitydata@dese.mo.gov.

Q: A student just transferred from another district, and took Algebra I but did not take the EOC, do I have to test that student?
A: Contact Accountability Data at 573-526-4886 or accountabilitydata@dese.mo.gov.

Q: Are students required to take more than the Algebra I, English II, Biology and Government EOCs?
A: Contact MSIP at 573-751-4426 or msip@dese.mo.gov.

Q: Are there bonus points for optional EOCs?
A: Contact MSIP at 573-751-4426 or msip@dese.mo.gov.

Q: Can a student test more than once in a content area in a single statewide assessment window?
A: No, a student may only test once in a content area in a statewide assessment window.

Q: A student needs to re-take Algebra I for A+ purposes. Do both scores count for accountability?
A: Contact Accountability Data at 573-526-4886 or accountabilitydata@dese.mo.gov.

Q: How do I access the practice test tutorials?
A: Open iTester student. Login to the content area using the following usernames and passwords.

Algebra I MOALG1 practice
Algebra II MOALG2 practice
Geometry MOGEO practice
Biology MOBIO practice
Physical Science MOPHYSC practice
English I MOENG1 practice
English II MOENG2 practice
American History MOAMHIST practice
Government MOGOV practice

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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