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LEA Guide To The Missouri Assessment Program

This page provides the information available in the LEA Guide To The Missouri Assessment Program. 

The LEA Guide to the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) is a source for technical information, timelines and resources for administrators, district testing coordinators (DTCs), teachers and parents of Missouri public school students.

Assessments used in Missouri are designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in Missouri’s Learning Standards (MLS). The assessments yield information on academic achievement at the student, class, school, district and state levels. This information is used to diagnose individual student strengths and weaknesses in relation to the instruction of the MLS, and to gauge the overall quality of education throughout Missouri.

All assessments are administered online unless determined by an IEP/504 plan or otherwise noted.

To access the current version of the 2017-2018 LEA Guide in PDF form, click here.


History of the Missouri Assessment Program

The MAP is designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in Missouri’s Learning Standards (MLS). The assessments yield information on academic achievement at the student, class, school, district, and state levels. This information is used to diagnose individual student strengths and weaknesses in relation to the instruction of the MLS, and to gauge the overall quality of education throughout Missouri.

The MAP traces its origin to the 1993 Outstanding Schools Act. This act required that Missouri create a statewide assessment system that measured challenging academic standards. From this act, grade-span assessments were created that measured Missouri’s Show-Me standards. Originally, MAP was designed to be a grade-span test: Grades 3, 7, and 11 in Communication Arts, Grades 4, 8, and 10 in Mathematics, and Grades 3, 7, and 10 in Science.

In 2001, the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation was enacted. In accordance with the NCLB legislation, student performance, reported in terms of proficiency categories, is used to determine the adequate yearly progress of students at the school, district, and state levels. NCLB also required states to develop grade-level tests in both Reading and Mathematics to be administered in Grades 3 through 8 and once in high school. It also required that states have Science assessments to be administered at least once in Grades 3 through 5, once in Grades 6 through 9, and once in Grades 10 through 12 by the 2007–2008 school year. In 2008, grade-span tests were administered in Science in grades 5 and 8 for the first time.

Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, Missouri administered End-of-Course (EOC) assessments in lieu of High School grade-level assessments. Algebra I, English II and Biology were the first EOCs administered. The following year, Government, American History, English I, Algebra II and Geometry became operational. The move to EOC assessments was also a move to online testing. In the first few years of EOCs, districts had a choice between online and traditional paper/pencil testing. EOCs moved fully online in the fall of 2010.

The 2014-2015 school year was another time of transition for the Missouri Assessment Program. Grade-Level assessments in English language arts and mathematics at grades 3-8 and science in grades 5 and 8 were administered fully online for the first time.

    Overview

    Overview – MAP Grade-Level Assessments

    The Grade-Level assessment is a yearly standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. All students in grades 3-8 in Missouri public and charter schools take the Grade-Level assessment.

    • English language arts (ELA) is administered in grades 3-8.
    • Mathematics is administered in grades 3-8.
    • Science is administered in grades 5 and 8. For the 2017-2018 school year, these assessments will be a full census field test.

    Overview – End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments

    End-of- Course assessments are taken when a student has received instruction on the Missouri Learning Standards for a course, regardless of grade level. Students in Missouri, including Missouri Option Program students, have four End-of-Course assessments that are required prior to high school graduation: Algebra I, Biology, English II and Government. Optional assessments are available for local accountability in: Algebra II, American History, English I, Geometry and Physical Science. 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.


    Overview – MAP-Alternate (MAP-A)

    MAP-A is administered to students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who meet grade level and eligibility criteria that are determined by the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team using DESE-established eligibility criteria. No student may be tested outside of his or her assigned grade level.

    The MAP-A must be administered by educators in three content areas:

    • English language arts in grades 3-8 and 11
    • Mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11
    • Science in grades 5, 8 and 11

    NOTE: Districts may also wish to administer the MAP-A ELA and Math assessments to students in grade 9, 10 and 12, and the Science assessment in grades 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 12 for local assessment use. Please refer to Special Education Form E.


    Overview – ACCESS for ELLs

    The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment allows educators, students and families to monitor students’ progress in acquiring academic English in the domains of speaking, listening, reading and writing and will be aligned with the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards. The assessment is required for K-12 students who are English Learners (ELs).

    Students who have exited an ELD program and are now coded in Core Data as MY1, MY2, AY1 or AY2 do not take the ACCESS Assessment.

    There are three assessments that fall under the umbrella of ACCESS for ELLs:

    • Kindergarten ACCESS – A paper based English language proficiency assessment given to Kindergarten ELs.
    • Alternate ACCESS – This assessment is for those severely cognitively disabled students in grades 1-12 who are English Learners and who qualify for the MAP-A assessment. If the student is in grades 1-2, the IEP team should determine if the student would qualify for MAP-A. There is no Alternate Kindergarten assessment, so if the student is in Kindergarten and would qualify, mark the student as NLP and reassess the following year.
    • ACCESS for ELLs – This online English language proficiency assessment is given to students in grades 1-12. Students in grades 1-3 will take the writing portion in a paper booklet.

    Overview – Personal Finance

    The Personal Finance assessment is an online, multiple choice test. Test results are available immediately. When a student finishes the test, the score is shown to the student. Test examiners may view results once all students in the class have finished the assessment. Districts may, but are not required to, use the scores from the Personal Finance Assessments as part of the student grade.

    Students who are taking a course in which the Personal Finance competencies are embedded are required to take the Personal Finance assessment. For students who are enrolled in a stand-alone Personal Finance course, the assessment is optional.

    Districts have the flexibility to set their own passing rate for all other students who take the Personal Finance Assessment. Districts have the option to allow students to “test out” in order to receive the ½ unit of credit in Personal Finance. To “test out,” a student must attain a score of 90% or higher on the Personal Finance Assessment.


    Overview – National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what students in the United States know and can do in various subjects. NAEP, mandated by Congress in 1969, provides a common measure of student achievement across the country.

    Spring 2018 NAEP assessments include:

    • Reading and Science in grade 4
    • Civics, Computer Literacy, Geography, Reading, Science and US History in grade 8
    • Mathematics, Reading and Science in grade 12
    • TIMMS, ICILS and IELS international assessments
    Current Version & Updates/Changes

    The LEA Guide to the Missouri Assessment Program is a living document that will be will be updated as more information becomes available. When each new version is released, communications will be sent to each District Testing Coordinator, and the version change will be noted on the DESE website.

    Version Notes
    1 Released October 25, 2017
       

    Updates/Changes for 2017-2018

    • DESE will administer only field tests for grades five and eight science, biology and physical science during the fall 2017 and spring 2018 assessment windows. These field tests will align to the standards adopted by the State Board in April 2016. This assessment data will not be included in the calculation of the 2018 APR, however participation rate will be measured to ensure that the 95 percent participation rate required for federal accountability purposes is met.
    • Mathematics now has performance events in all grades from 3-8.
    • English Language Arts Writing Prompts will now be in grades 4 and 8.
    • The CDT will no longer be available. Instead, a practice form will be available in early winter that shows item types and gives students a chance to use the system prior to testing.
    Contact Information
    Assessment Contact Phone E-Mail
    Main Assessment Line DESE 573-751-3545 assessment@dese.mo.gov
    Grade-Level Data Recognition Corp. (DRC) 800-544-9868 maphelpdesk@datarecognitioncorp.com
    End-of-Course Questar 800-571-2545 mocustomersupport@questarai.com
    MAP-A Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) 844-675-4479 dlm@ku.edu
    ACCESS for ELLs - WIDA Website, Test Administration WIDA 866-276-7735 help@wida.us
    ACCESS for ELLs - Test Materials, Tech Support Data Recognition Corp. (DRC) 855-787-9615 wida@datarecognitioncorp.com
    Personal Finance MetaLogic 877-654-9888 support@metalogic1.com
    Accountability Data DESE 573-526-4886 accountabilitydata@dese.mo.gov
    Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP) DESE 573-751-4426 msip@dese.mo.gov
      Testing Windows
      Assessment Event Dates
      MAP Grade-Level Spring Summative 4/2/18 - 5/25/18
      End-of-Course Fall Summative 10/2/17 - 1/19/18
      End-of-Course Spring Summative 2/19/18 - 5/25/18
      End-of-Course Summer Summative 6/4/18 - 8/24/18
      MAP-A Fall/Winter Instructionally Embedded Assessments Window 9/19/18 - 2/27/19 (system closed from 12/19/18 - 1/1/19)
      MAP-A Spring Summative 3/25/19 - 5/17/19
      ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 English Language Proficiency 1/8/18 - 3/2/18
      Personal Finance Fall Summative 10/2/17 - 1/19/18
      Personal Finance Spring Summative 2/19/18 -5/25/18
      Personal Finance Summer Summative 6/4/18 - 8/24/18

       

      Assessment Costs

      The following information reflects district cost for statewide assessments for the 2015-2016 school year. The pricing for assessments used for accountability purposes reflect no total increase in cost to school districts.

      Grade-Level

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

      End-of-Course

      Content Cost
      Algebra I* $1.80
      Biology* Free (Due To Field Test)
      English II* $1.80
      Government* Free
      Algebra II $1.88
      American History $1.88
      English I $4.03
      Geometry $1.88
      Physical Science Free (Due To Field Test)

      Other Assessments

      Assessment Grade/Content Cost
      MAP-A ELA, Math, Science Free
      ACCESS for ELLs English Language Proficiency Free
      Personal Finance 9-12 Free

      *Required For Accountability

        Timing Guidelines

        The following tables list general estimates of the time it will take most students to complete each component of an assessment. There is no time limit for any assessment. Some students will finish well before these times, while others may take much longer. These times do not include time needed to get students started, start computers, log in students, breaks, etc. They also do not include time needed for students to complete any tutorials or practice items.

        Timing Guidelines – MAP Grade-Level

        Grade/Content Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 TOTAL
        3 ELA 50-80 minutes 20-40 minutes 20-35 minutes
        Listening Strand - Headphones Required
          90-155 minutes
        3 Math 35-45 minutes
        Calculators not allowed
        35-50 minutes
        Calculators not allowed
        15-30 minutes
        Performance Event
        Calculators not allowed
          85-130 minutes
        4 ELA 100-130 minutes
        Writing Prompt
        50-80 minutes 15-25 minutes 20-35 minutes
        Listening Strand - Headphones Required
        185-270 minutes
        4 Math 35-45 minutes
        Calculators not allowed
        35-50 minutes
        Calculators not allowed
        15-30 minutes
        Performance Event
        Calculators not allowed
          85-130 minutes
        5 ELA 50-80 minutes 20-40 minutes 20-35 minutes
        Listening Strand - Headphones required
          90-155 minutes
        5 Math 35-45 minutes
        Calculators not allowed
        35-50 minutes
        Calculators not allowed
        15-30 minutes
        Performance Event
        Calculators not allowed
          58-130 minutes
        5 Science 30-45 minutes* 30-45 minutes*     60-90 minutes*
        6 ELA 30-50 minutes 30-50 minutes 20-30 minutes 20-35 minutes
        Listening Strand - Headphones required
        100-165 minutes
        6 Math 35-45 minutes
        Calculators not allowed
        45-60 minutes
        Calculators allowed
        40-45 minutes
        Performance Event
        Calculators allowed
          120-150 minutes
        7 ELA 50-85 minutes 20-30 minutes 20-35 minutes
        Listening Strand - Headphones required
          90-150 minutes
        7 Math 20-25 minutes
        Calculators not allowed
        60-80 minutes
        Calculators allowed
        40-45 minutes
        Performance Event
        Calculators allowed
          120-150 minutes
        8 ELA 100-130 minutes
        Writing Prompt
        50-80 minutes 15-25 minutes 20-35 minutes
        Listening Strand - Headphones required
        185-270 minutes
        8 Math 15-20 minutes
        Calculators not allowed
        65-85 minutes
        Calculators allowed
        40-45 minutes
        Performance Event
        Calculators allowed
          120-150 minutes
        8 Science 30-45 minutes* 30-45 minutes*     60-90 minutes*
        *Science times are estimations as they are part of a full-census field-test.

        Timing Guidelines – End-of-Course

        Assessment Session I Session II
        Algebra I 90-110 minutes 90-110 minutes
        Algebra II 90-110 minutes 90-110 minutes
        American History 60-80 minutes  
        Biology 55-75 minutes  
        English I 90-110 minutes 90-110 minutes
        English II 90-110 minutes 90-110 minutes
        Geometry 90-110 minutes 90-110 minutes
        Government 60-80 minutes  
        Physical Science 55-75 minutes  

        Timing Guidelines – ACCESS for ELLs

        Assessment Timing Notes
        Kindergarten ACCESS Around 45 minutes High proficiency students will likely take longer than 45 minutes, while low proficiency students may take less than 45 minutes
        ACCESS Online - Listening Around 40 minutes  
        ACCESS Online - Reading Around 35 minutes  
        ACCESS Online - Speaking Around 30 minutes  
        ACCESS Online - Writing Around 65 minutes Students in grades 1-3 taking the other modalities online will take the writing section via paper/pencil
        ACCESS Paper - Listening Around 40 minutes  
        ACCESS Paper - Reading Around 45 minutes  
        ACCESS Paper - Speaking 15-35 minutes  
        ACCESS Paper - Writing 35-65 minutes  
        Alternate ACCESS Around 20 minutes per modality  

        Timing Guidelines – MAP-A

        Timing will vary depending on the grade and level of the student, but the majority of testlets take between 5 and 20 minutes.


        Timing Guidelines – Personal Finance

        The Personal Finance assessment generally takes between 30-50 minutes.

        Standards and Blueprints

        Standards

        Standards – MAP Grade-Level and End-of-Course

        The Missouri Learning Standards define the knowledge and skills students need in each grade and content area for success in college, other post-secondary training and careers. The Missouri Learning Standards give school administrators, teachers, parents and students a roadmap for learning expectations in each grade and course.


        Standards – MAP-A

        The MAP-A Essential Elements are specific statements of knowledge and skills that are aligned to the Missouri Learning Standards.


        Standards – Personal Finance

        The Personal Finance assessment is currently based on a set of financial competencies.


        Standards – ACCESS for ELLs

        The WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards represent the social, instructional and academic language that students need to engage with peers, educators and the curriculum in schools.


        Blueprints

        Much like the blueprint for a building, a test blueprint serves as a guide for test construction. The blueprint indicates the content areas to be addressed by the test and the number of points available by content area and for the test as a whole. The number of points listed on the blueprints does not include any field test items. Complete MAP Grade-Level Blueprints can be found here: dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/asmt-gl-blueprint.pdf

        Grade ELA Math Science
        3 56 points possible 48 points possible  
        4 56 points possible 48 points possible  
        5 56 points possible 48 points possible 60 points possible
        6 56 points possible 54 points possible  
        7 52 points possible 54 points possible  
        8 56 points possible 54 points possible 60 points possible

        Complete EOC Blueprints can be found here: dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/asmt-eoc-blueprint.pdf

        Course Points Possible
        English I & English II 50
        Algebra I, Algebra II & Geometry 50
        Biology & Physical Science 50
        American History & Government 40

         

        Training

        Each of the assessments requires some form of training for test examiners prior to test administration.

        Training – MAP Grade-Level and End-of-Course

        Prior to test administration, test examiners must:

        • Read the DESE created training PowerPoints deemed appropriate by their district testing coordinator (DTC)
        • Familiarize themselves with the testing manual(s)
        • Participate in any district created training

        Training – MAP-A

        Prior to test administration, test administrators must:

        • Returning administrators - obtain a passing rate of at least 80% on the ONE required testing module
        • New administrators (this includes those who have been test administrators in the past, but not last year) – obtain a passing rate of at least 80% on the FOUR required testing modules

        It is also recommended that teachers familiarize themselves with the following manuals and guides:

        • Guide To DLM Required Test Administrator Training
        • Test Administration Manual
        • Educator Portal User Guide

        Training – ACCESS

        Individual test administrators must be trained in its administration and have agreed to maintain the security of test questions. Test administrators are required to go through training on the WIDA.us site. District Testing Coordinators/EL Coordinators should track the training process to ensure that examiners have completed training. There are four sets of training courses:

        • Kindergarten – only required for test examiners administering the Kindergarten ACCESS assessment
        • Alternate ACCESS – only required for test examiners administering the Alternate ACCESS assessment
        • Online Grades 1-12 – The vast majority of test examiners will take this course.
        • Paper-Based Grades 1-12 – only take this if you are giving a full paper based assessment. This is not required for examiners with students in grades 1-3 who take the writing assessment on paper.
        Resources

        There are a number of useful resources available to districts to use when preparing for testing.

        Resources – MAP Grade-Level

        • Online Tools Trainings (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. There is no limit to the amount of times a user can access the OTTs.
        • Online Tutorials – Online Tutorials give users the ability to watch recorded videos that demonstrate the features of INSIGHT and the tools that will be used for the operational assessments.
        • Practice Form – The practice form mirrors the operational assessment. The practice form gives users the ability to see the types of items that will be on the assessment, and become comfortable with answering items within the INSIGHT testing platform.

        Resources – End-of-Course

        • Student Tutorial – The tutorial gives users the ability to see the types of items that will be on the assessment, and become comfortable with answering items within the testing platform.
        • Pre-Tests – The pre-test mirrors the operational assessment. The pre-test gives districts the opportunity to give a practice assessment either via paper/pencil or within the testing platform.

        Resources – MAP-A

        Among others, the following resources are available to help prepare test administrators and students for the assessment:


        Resources – ACCESS

        • Test Demos – WIDA offers videos of the online test that teachers and students may watch together. Please make time for students to view these test demos for their grade-level cluster.
        • Test Practice Items – These items will help students become familiar with the test environment. Students should work through all domains in their grade-level cluster.
        • Sample Items – Be sure to check which domains are available within your students’ grade-level cluster. It is recommend that students take Speaking and Writing items even if they are outside their grade-level cluster. These items are representative of the item difficulty a student will experience on the actual test and give students the opportunity to experience producing spoken and written language as they will on the test. They are especially helpful for students who are likely to take the Speaking and Writing Tier B/C tests.
        Accommodations

        Each assessment has a unique set of accommodations and tools/supports available to ensure that students are best able to show what they know on the assessments.

        Accommodations – MAP Grade-Level and End-of-Course

        • Universal Tools – Available to all students taking a Grade-Level or End-of-Course assessment unless noted.
          • Some tools need to be marked in eDIRECT or Nextera prior to the assessment. Please read the description to determine if the tool must be marked.
          • Some tools are only for use by English Learner (EL) students (EL students are those marked LEP-RCV or LEP-NRC in Core Data).
        • Accommodations – Accommodations for the Grade-Level or EOC assessments are available only to students with an IEP/504 plan.
          • All accommodations need to be marked in eDIRECT or Nextera prior to the assessment.
          • Some accommodations are only for use by English Learner (EL) students with an IEP/504 plan.
        • For students with IEPs, the IEP team should choose all of the tools and accommodations that need to be marked in the system.
        • The updated Universal Tools/Accommodations documents also contain more complete instructions on the use of Read Aloud and Translation for these assessments.

        You can download the list of Grade-Level Universal Tools and Accommodations here (Under the Resources Tab): dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/assessment/grade-level

        You can download the list of EOC Universal Tools and Accommodations here (Under the Resources Tab): dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/assessment/end-course 


        Accommodations – MAP-A

        The DLM Accessibility Manual provides guidance to district staff, educators and IEP teams in the selection and use of accessibility supports available in the DLM system. In order to determine the accessibility supports needed for each student, educators should understand how the DLM alternate assessment is designed for accessibility from the beginning and how accessibility supports can be customized.

        The DLM Accessibility Manual can be accessed here: dynamiclearningmaps.org/sites/default/files/documents/Manuals_Blueprints/Accessibility_Manual.pdf


        Accommodations – ACCESS

        The WIDA Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement is intended for district and school-level personnel as well as decision-making teams, including IEP teams, 504 Plan teams or team designated by the LEA to make decisions for students. This document provides information for educators who work with ELs, including teachers, intervention specialists and related service providers for selecting and administering accessibility features for ELs who need them on the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, Kindergarten ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS assessments. It is also intended for assessment staff and administrators who oversee the decisions that are made for instruction and assessment.

        ACCESS for ELLs Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement can be accessed here: www.wida.us/Assessment/accessibility.aspx

        Within the Supplement, there are a number of places where the text refers to the development of specific state policies on accessibility and accommodations. The Missouri policies document can be accessed here: www.wida.us/membership/states/MO/asmt-ell-wida-accomm-policies.pdf

        Technical Specifications

        Technical Information – MAP Grade-Level

        DRC INSIGHT delivers assessments and related resources online for all content areas and grade levels by incorporating computerized testing, related resources, dynamic reporting and a suite of tools. It consists of a secure web browser software interface and the Testing Site Manager (TSM) to help manage network traffic, maintain connectivity and handle bandwidth issues.

        In eDIRECT > General Information > Documents, a number of technology user guides can be found, including guides on the TSM, configuring devices for testing, installing INSIGHT, troubleshooting and running a test capacity estimator.


        Technical Information – End-of-Course

        The Nextera® Test Delivery System is a software applications used for administering student assessments delivered through the Questar Secure Browser. A Setup & Installation Guide can be found by going to Nextera Admin (https://mo.nextera.questarai.com/admin/Accounts/Login) > Help > Help > Manuals.

        Technical Information – MAP-A

        The DLM platform consists of the KITE Client (the student test portal) and the KITE Educator Portal (the test administration site).

        KITE Client

        Version 5.0 of the KITE Client will be pushed out in September to districts that already have Version 3.0. The KITE Client requires a 1024x768 resolution and runs on:
        • Desktops and laptops running Windows 7, 8.1 or 10
        • Desktops and laptops running OS X 10.10, 10.11 or 10.12 (Sierra)
        • Chromebooks (running Chrome OS)
        • iPads running iOS 9 or 10

        KITE Educator Portal

        The KITE Educator Portal is an application built for the administration of assessments including enrollment and monitoring. It may be accessed through a standard web browser. If you need an account, contact your local test coordinator or state education agency. The following browsers support Educator Portal:
        • Firefox 38.7.1 or above
        • Safari 9.0.3 or above
        • Internet Explorer 11
        • Chrome 35 and above

        Technical Information – ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

        The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 technology platform is provided by Data Recognition Corporation (DRC). It consists of the following components:
        • WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS): This is a web-based interface to the administrative functions for the online assessment system. It is used by Test Coordinators to create student records and test sessions and to help manage or monitor their testing environment. Technology Coordinators use it to download the next two components from WIDA AMS.
        • Testing Site Manager (TSM): This web-based application provides content caching and a software toolbox to help Technology Coordinators plan, configure and manage their testing environment.
        • DRC INSIGHT: This secure browser delivers assessments online for all language domains and grade levels. INSIGHT is installed on each testing device to communicate with the DRC server to provide test questions to the test taker and to send responses to the DRC server.                                                                                         
        More information can be found at: https://www.wida.us/accesstech

        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)
        Personal Finance Help Desk (MetaLogic)