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MAP-A

The Missouri Assessment Program-Alternate Assessment (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.

If the MAP-A assessment is given to more than 1% of the total tested population (per content area), the district must provide justification for exceeding the 1% participation rule for Special Education Compliance monitoring purposes.

The MAP-A achievement standards are aligned with Missouri's Learning Standards, and students who take the MAP-A Assessment do not participate in Grade-Level, End-of-Course, or the ACT Assessments. MAP-A uses the Dynamic Learning Map (DLM®) instructionally embedded assessment model.

The MAP-A is 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 wish to also administer the MAP-A ELA and Math assessments to students in grade 9 and 10(plus 12 for ELA); the Science assessment in grades 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 12 for local assessment use. Please refer to Form E.

The Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) alternate assessment project offers an innovative way for all students with significant cognitive disabilities to demonstrate their learning throughout the school year via the DLM Alternate Assessment System (see http://www.dynamiclearningmaps.org). By integrating assessment with instruction during the year and providing a year-end assessment, the DLM system aligns student learning with college and career readiness standards in English language arts, mathematics, and science.

The DLM system is accessible by students with significant cognitive disabilities, including those who have hearing/visual disabilities, and/or neuromuscular or orthopedic motor disabilities. Assessments produced by the DLM consortium are flexible. They allow for the use of common assistive technologies in addition to keyboard and mouse and touch-screen technology.


Important Dates

Dates Event
September 19, 2018 to February 27, 2019 MAP-A Fall/Winter Instructionally Embedded Assessments Window (Unavailable 12/19 - 1/1)
March 25, 2019 to May 17, 2019 MAP-A Spring 2019 Testing Window
March 23, 2020 to May 22, 2020 MAP-A Spring 2020 Testing Window

Administration Resources

Resource Description
Changing Access Profile during Testing If a setting is not working in the Access Profile as expected for a student, the test administrator (teacher) may change it to be reflected in the next testlet.
ELA Familiar Texts Webpage with links to familiar texts that will be used in 2014–15 assessments. Texts may be downloaded and used in instruction.
ELA Materials Collections A list of common ELA materials by grade, including materials to use with alternate test forms for students with visual impairments
Enrollment Translation Guide This document guides the data manager on how to complete the enrollment template (download the most recent from DLM under the Templates tab) to enroll students via uploading.
Instructionally Embedded Assessment Process This is an overview of the Instructionally Embedded assessment used for the MAP-A program, the steps to use this process, the reports that are generated and additional resources to learn more.
MAP-A Best Practices Timeline A best practices timeline for district personnel guidance for the MAP-A assessment program. (Updated 08.28.18)
Math Glossary Summarizes the terms used in mathematics assessments
Mathematics Materials Collections A list of common mathematics materials by grade for the spring testing window
Score Reporting Guide A guide that explains the individual student score reports and group results provided by Dynamic Learning Maps to local administrators such as principals and superintendents.
Technical Requirements KITE Suite Requirements: screens, platforms and browsers.
Writing Testlet FAQ A list of common questions regarding DLM writing testlets and their answers
Writing Testlet Video A video walkthrough of DLM writing testlets

Manuals

Manual Description Updated
Accessibility Manual Provides guidance on selection and use of accessibility features. 8/1/18
Assessment Coordinator Manual Supports preparation of district and school staff for testing. 8/1/18
Data Management Manual Supports data managers with managing user, student, and roster data in Educator Portal 8/1/18
Educator Portal User Guide  Provides guidance and support for users navigating Educator Portal. 8/1/18
Facilitator Guide for Required Test Administrator Training Supports facilitators for DLM required test administration training. 8/1/18
Guide to Required Test Administrator Training Helps users access DLM required test administration training. 8/1/18
Guide to Practice Activities & Released Testlets IM Allows teachers to see the format of testlets prior to testing students. 8/1/18
Technology Specifications Manual Supports technology personnel in preparing schools for DLM assessment. 8/1/18
Test Administration Manual Supports teachers who give the MAP-A testlets. 8/1/18

Resources

Blueprints

Similar to a blueprint for a building, a test blueprint serves as a guide for test construction and content areas covered to guide educators’ instruction on the Essential Elements.

Blueprint Description
English Language Arts English Language Arts Blueprint
Mathematics Mathematics Blueprint
Science Science Blueprint

Essential Elements

Subject Essential Elements
ELA ELA Guidebook for Essential Elements
ELA Standards Crosswalk to Essential Elements
ELA Essential Elements
ELA Essential Elements by Conceptual Area
Math Math Guidebook for Essential Elements
Math Standards Crosswalk to Essential Elements
Math Essential Elements
Math Essential Elements by Conceptual Area
Science Science Guidebook for Essential Elements
Science Essential Elements

Information for Parents

Resource Description
Learning Map A map that shows different paths a student might take to learn new academic skills
Parent Interpretive Guide A document to help parents understand their child's performance and learning profile
Parent Interpretive Guide en Español A document to help parents understand their child's performance and learning profile - translated into Spanish
Parent Notification Letter Letter to inform parents that their child will be participating in the alternate assessment
Parent Notification Letter en Español Letter to inform parents that their child will be participating in the alternate assessment - translated into Spanish

Released ELA and Math Testlets 

Released Science Testlets 

Testlets assess a variety of Essential Elements and linkage levels, in English language arts and mathematics, from grade 3 through high school
Score Reporting Guide A guide that explains the individual student score reports and group results provided by Dynamic Learning Maps to local administrators such as principals and superintendents.

Other Resources

Resource Notes
Foundational Maps The Foundational Area Of The Learning Map
Guide To Foundational Maps Guide To The Foundational Area Of The Learning Map
Test Administration Observation Research Protocol A form to complete when observing students being given testlets to submit to DLM for adding to the research base.

 

Training

Resource Description
Facilitator Guide for Required Test Administrator Training  Supports facilitators for DLM required test administration training.
Guide to Required Test Administrator Training Helps users access DLM required test administration training.
Training Webinars, Flyers and FAQs Supports District Staff, Data Managers, Assessment Coordinators and Technology Directors.

Training Videos

Training Video Topics: Getting Started in Educator Portal, View Student Usernames and Passwords, TIPs in Educator Portal, EP – Using the Instructional Tools Interface, About the DLM System, Writing Testlet, Overview of Instructionally Embedded Assessments, Part 1, Using the Instructional Tools Interface, Part 2, Personal Learning Profile Training, English Language Arts Testlet Overview, Mathematics Testlet Overview, More about Initial Precursor Items, Verifying Student Data for Teachers, Validating Rosters for Teachers, Accessibility in Dynamic Learning Maps® Assessments.  http://www.dynamiclearningmaps.org/erp/videos#WritingTestletVideo


 

DLM Professional Development Webpage 
Self-Directed Learning Modules Check Off Sheet

 

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)

Editorial Section

Assessment