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The Missouri Assessment Program assesses students’ progress toward mastery of the Show-Me Standards which are the educational standards in Missouri. The Grade-Level Assessment is a yearly standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri.

Who takes the Grade-Level Assessment?

All students in grades 3-8 in Missouri will take the grade level assessment. English Language Arts and Mathematics are administered in all grades. Science is administered in grades 5 and 8. A few groups of students may be exempt from certain portions or all of the assessment. Those include:

  • Students whose IEP teams have determined that the MAP-A is the appropriate assessment do not have to take the Grade-Level assessment.
  • 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 Language Arts portion. All other content areas must be assessed.
  • Foreign exchange students are allowed, but are not required to take the assessment. This is a district decision.
  • Homeschooled students may take part in the assessment at the local district's discretion.
  • Private school students are not required to take the Grade-Level assessment.

Important Dates

Dates Event
DUE February 1, 2019 MAP Grade-Level First Spring Pre-Code DUE - Students in system 2/25 - Students may begin testing 4/1
DUE March 1, 2019 MAP Grade-Level Second Spring Pre-Code DUE - Students in system 3/11 - Students may begin testing 4/1
DUE March 15, 2019 MAP Grade-Level Third Spring Pre-Code DUE - Students in system 3/25 - Students may begin testing 4/1
April 1, 2019 to May 24, 2019 MAP Grade-Level Spring Testing Window
March 30, 2020 to May 22, 2020 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2020 Testing Window

2018-2019 Manuals


Prior to test administration, test examiners must familiarize themselves with the testing manual(s) and participate in any district created training.

The MAP Grade-Level assessments have a number of resources available for LEAs to use to prepare for state testing.

Training Resources Live Trainings

Online Tools Training (OTTs) 

OTTs give users the ability to use the tools available in the INSIGHT testing platform on a variety of item types. Using the OTTs will allow users to become comfortable with using the built in system tools prior to the summative assessment. The OTTs are accessible at any time with no limits on usage. NOTE: The OTTs are only accessible via Google Chrome.

DRC will be hosting in-person INSIGHT Online Learning System training sessions for District Test Coordinators and District Information Technology Coordinators on January 23-24, 2019.

The trainings will primarily focus on eDIRECT, the interface to the administrative functions of the DRC INSIGHT Online Learning System. The session will also include an overview of Central Office Services (COS) Service Device, the new site management software that is replacing the Test Site Manager (TSM). There will be a morning and afternoon training session each day with the same information being shared at each session. You may choose to attend one of the training sessions taking place January 23rd in the Kansas City area or January 24th in St. Louis.

For more information and/or to register for one of the trainings, see the DRC memo sent directly to DTCs and DITCs. If you have questions or need help registering, please contact DRC Customer Service at 800-544-9868.

January 23, 2019
Adams Pointe Conference Center
1400 NE Coronado Drive
Blue Springs, MO 64014   

January 24, 2019
Marriott St. Louis Airport
10700 Pear Tree Lane
St. Louis, MO 63134

Test Tutorials
Available on eDirect under All Applications>Test Tutorials

Test Tutorials allow users to watch recorded videos that demonstrate the features of INSIGHT and the tools that will be used for the operational assessments. Test Tutorials are available for all subjects and are divided by content into two categories:

  • General testing topics include tutorials on topics such as testing basics, using the help feature and finishing the test.
  • Advanced Tools show grade and include tutorials on topics such as highlighting, using a ruler, graphing and more.

Practice Form
Available in the INSIGHT platform
or the DESE Assessment page - https://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/assessment/grade-level

The practice form mirrors the operational assessment and gives users the ability to see the types of items that will be on the assessment and, if taking the practice test online, become comfortable with answering items within the INSIGHT testing platform.

2018-2019 Grade-Level Assessments Training Modules

DRC has created a series of training modules for districts to use in conjunction with the manuals. Districts may choose to use these modules as part of their local district training.

These training modules can be found in eDirect - https://www.drcedirect.com/all/eca-portal-ui/welcome/MO

Once eDirect has loaded, click All Applications>General Information and choose the Spring 2019 Summative Grade-Level under the Administration drop-down. Then choose the appropriate Document Type and training. A description of all the training modules can be found below.

Available Trainings

Document Type Name Description
eDIRECT Training - Test Management Add/Edit Students Module This training module demonstrates how to add students to eDIRECT and edit their information. 
eDIRECT Training - Test Management Test Sessions Module This training module demonstrates how to create test sessions, add students to test sessions and print test tickets via eDIRECT.
eDIRECT Training - User Management Add/Edit Users Module This training module demonstrates how to add users to eDIRECT and edit their information.
eDIRECT Training - User Management General Info Module This training module provides details about how to access the various user guides, manuals, training modules, and other important documents available via eDIRECT.
eDIRECT Training - User Management Initial Login Module This training module demonstrates the steps users take upon initial login into eDIRECT.
eDIRECT Training - Additional Materials Additional Materials Training Module This training module demonstrates how to place orders for additional Large Print and Braille materials.
eDIRECT Training - Enrollments Enrollments Training Module This training module demonstrates how to place orders for Large Print and Braille materials, upload Purchase Orders, and enter district test window dates.
eDIRECT Training - Materials Accountability Form Materials Accountability Form Training Module This training module demonstrates how to access and complete the Materials Accountability Form.
eDIRECT Training - Training Modules Training Materials COMING SOON - This training module provides information about all the pre-recorded training modules and how to access them in eDIRECT.
eDIRECT Training - Training Modules System Updates COMING SOON - This training module demonstrates how to access and view the Supported System Requirements documentation that DRC updates on a quarterly basis.
eDIRECT Training - Training Modules Physical Materials COMING SOON - This training module provides information about the physical testing materials used for the Summative assessments and how to prepare them to be returned to DRC for secure materials inventory.
DITC Training 2018-2019 Training Session This is a recorded version of the live IT training from Oct. 2018. The training covers the switch from TSMs to Central Office Services (COS) to be used in conjunction with the student INSIGHT platform.
DITC Training 2018-2019 Training Presentation These are the slides from the IT training.




The following information reflects district cost for statewide assessments for the 2016-2017 school year. The pricing for assessments used for accountability purposes reflect no total increase in cost to school districts.

Grade Cost
3 $1.80
4 $1.80
5 $1.80
6 $1.80
7 $1.80
8 $1.80

Practice Forms

Practice Forms can also be accessed via eDirect.

Content Paper/Pencil Large Print Braille
3 Math
4 Math
5 Math
5 Science
6 Math
7 Math
8 Math
8 Science

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)

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