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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
April 2, 2018 to May 25, 2018 Spring 2018 Testing Window
April 1, 2019 to May 24, 2019 Spring 2019 Testing Window
March 30, 2020 to May 22, 2020 Spring 2020 Testing Window

2016-2017 Manuals


2016-2017 Grade-Level Assessments Trainings

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




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 will be available soon.

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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