The Assessment Section manages test development, on-going test maintenance, and oversees the test administration for four statewide, large-scale assessments. The MAP assessments test students’ progress toward mastery of the Missouri Show-Me Standards.

For more information, please see the Guide To The Missouri Assessment Program.

Assessment Development Recruitment

As a part of the assessment development cycle, DESE Assessment invites Missouri educators to participate in the process to help provide expertise. Missouri is always looking for educators to participate in these meetings. If you wish to be considered for participation for any future development meetings, please complete the online submission form at Once finished, you will receive an email to the personal email address provided to confirm your submission.

Assessment Virtual Office Hours
Assessment Virtual Office Hours have finished for the 2022-2023 school year. Look for information this fall on meetings for the 2023-2024 school year.

Assessment Updates

The following list includes updates to assessment documents, communications from DESE Assessment to District Test Coordinators (DTC) and the release of Administrative Memos concerning the Missouri Assessment Program.

MAP Grade-Level Assessment Updates

MAP Grade-Level Assessment

2022-2023 Administration

2021-2022 Administration

End-Of-Course Updates


2022-2023 Administration

2021-2022 Administration

MAP-A Updates


2023-2024 Administration

2022-2023 Administration

2021-2022 Administration



2023-2024 Administration

  • 08/24/23 - All dates, guides, links, etc. for WIDA ACCESS have been updated for the 2023-24 administration. 
  • 08/03/23 - The DESE English Learner Screening Guide has been posted.

2022-2023 Administration

2021-2022 Administration

Assessment Resources

Assessment Resources

MAP Grade-Level Logo
Assessment EOC Logo
Dynamic Learning Maps Logo

Additional Resources
Assessment Item Specifications

Item Specifications

In 2014 Missouri legislators passed House Bill 1490, mandating the development of the Missouri Learning Expectations. In April of 2016, these Missouri Learning Expectations were adopted by the State Board of Education. Groups of Missouri educators from across the state collaborated to create the documents necessary to support the implementation of these expectations.

One of the documents developed is the item specification document, which includes all Missouri grade level/course expectations arranged by domains/strands. It defines what could be measured on a variety of assessments. The document serves as the foundation of the assessment development process.

Although teachers may use this document to provide clarity to the expectations, these specifications are intended for summative, benchmark, and large‐scale assessment purposes.

Components of the item specifications include:

  • Expectation Unwrapped breaks down a list of clearly delineated content and skills the students are expected to know and be able to do upon mastery of the Expectation.
  • Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Ceiling indicates the highest level of cognitive complexity that would typically be assessed on a large scale assessment. The DOK ceiling is not intended to limit the complexity one might reach in classroom instruction.
  • Item Format indicates the types of items used in large scale assessment. For each expectation, the item format specifies the type best suited for that particular expectation.
  • Content Limits/Assessment Boundaries are parameters that item writers should consider when developing a large scale assessment. For example, some expectations should not be assessed on a large scale assessment but are better suited for local assessment.
  • Sample stems are examples that address the specific elements of each expectation and address varying DOK levels. The sample stems provided in this document are in no way intended to limit the depth and breadth of possible item stems. The expectation should be assessed in a variety of ways.
  • Text Types suggests a broad list of text types for both literary and informational expectations. This list is not intended to be all inclusive: other text types may be used in the classroom setting. The expectations were written in grade level bands; for this reason, the progression of the expectations relies upon increasing levels of quantitative and qualitative text complexities. (English Language Arts Only)
  • Calculator Designation indicates whether a calculator will be available for test questions written to a particular expectations on the large-scale assessment. (Mathematics Only)
  • Stimulus Materials defines types of stimulus materials that can be used in the item stems. (Science and Social Studies Only)
  • Possible Evidence indicates observable methods in which a student can show understanding of the expectations. (Science Only)
ELA Math
Science Social Studies
State Testing Windows

Statewide Testing Windows

State Testing Windows

Assessment Event 2022-2023 2023-2024
MAP Grade-Level Assessment Spring Summative 4/3/23 - 5/26/23 4/1/24 - 5/24/24
End-of-Course Fall Summative 10/24/22 - 1/27/23 10/24/23 - 1/26/24
Spring Summative 3/6/23 - 5/26/23 3/4/24 - 5/24/24
Summer Summative 6/5/23 - 7/28/23 6/3/24 - 7/26/24
MAP-Alternate (MAP-A) Required Instructionally Embedded Assessments Fall Window 9/12/22 - 12/16/22 9/11/23 - 12/22/23
Required Instructionally Embedded Assessments Spring Window 2/6/23 - 5/19/23 2/5/24 - 5/17/24
WIDA ACCESS English Language Proficiency 1/9/23 - 3/3/23 1/8/23 - 3/1/24
Contact Information
Contact Phone E-Mail
DESE Assessment 573-751-3545


Data Recognition Corp. (DRC)






Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)


WIDA ACCESS - WIDA Website, Test Administration



WIDA ACCESS - Test Materials, Tech Support

Data Recognition Corp. (DRC)

DESE Pre-Coding 573-522-3207
Accountability Data 573-751-4426
Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP) 573-751-4104

    Assessment Calendar

    Assessment Name Dates Event
    EOC June 06, 2022 to July 29, 2022 EOC Summer 2022-2023 - Testing Window
    EOC September 12, 2022 to September 26, 2022 EOC Fall 2022-2023 - First Pre-Code Window - Students In System 10/10/22 - Students May Start Testing 10/24/22
    EOC October 17, 2022 to February 03, 2023 EOC Fall 2022-2023 - Accommodated Materials Ordering Window
    EOC October 24, 2022 to January 27, 2023 EOC Fall 2022-2023 - Testing Window
    EOC October 31, 2022 to November 14, 2022 EOC Fall 2022-2023 - Final Pre-Code Window - Students In System And May Start Testing 11/29/22
    Grade-Level DUE October 03, 2022 MAP Grade-Level Practice Test Opens
    EOC DUE October 17, 2022 EOC Practice Test Opens
    EOC January 23, 2023 to February 06, 2023 EOC Spring 2023 - First Pre-Code Window - Students In System 2/27/23 - Students May Start Testing 3/6/23
    Grade-Level January 19, 2023 to February 01, 2023 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2023 - First Pre-Code DUE - Students In System 2/20/23
    Grade-Level January 03, 2023 to January 27, 2023 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2023 - Large Print/Braille Ordering Window
    Grade-Level DUE January 03, 2023 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2023 - DRC Portal Opens
    EOC February 27, 2023 to June 02, 2023 EOC Spring 2023 - Accommodated Materials Ordering Window
    EOC February 27, 2023 to March 13, 2023 EOC Spring 2023 - Second Pre-Code Window - Students In System And May Start Testing 3/31/23
    Grade-Level February 24, 2023 to March 09, 2023 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2023 - Final Pre-Code DUE - Students In System 3/20/23
    Grade-Level February 07, 2023 to February 23, 2023 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2023 - Second Pre-Code DUE - Students In System 3/6/23
    EOC March 06, 2023 to May 25, 2023 EOC Spring 2023 - Testing Window
    Grade-Level March 20, 2023 to May 19, 2023 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2023 - Additional Materials Ordering Window
    EOC March 20, 2023 to April 03, 2023 EOC Spring 2023 - Final Pre-Code Window - Students In System And May Start Testing 04/21/23
    Grade-Level DUE March 20, 2023 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2023 - Large Print/Braille Materials Arrive In District
    Grade-Level April 10, 2023 to June 16, 2023 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2023 - Printed ISR/Student Report Labels Ordering Window
    Grade-Level April 03, 2023 to May 26, 2023 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2023 - Testing Window
    Grade-Level DUE May 30, 2023 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2023 - Deadline To Schedule Pickup Of Printed Test Materials
    EOC June 05, 2023 to July 28, 2023 EOC Summer 2023 Testing Window
    MAP-A September 11, 2023 to December 22, 2023 MAP-A Fall 2023 Required Instructionally Embedded Window
    ACCESS September 29, 2023 to November 03, 2023 ACCESS Test Materials Ordering
    ACCESS October 02, 2023 to October 26, 2023 ACCESS Precode Window
    ACCESS November 06, 2023 to March 01, 2024 ACCESS Test Setup Available
    ACCESS December 05, 2023 to February 23, 2024 ACCESS Additional Test Materials Ordering
    December 23, 2023 to February 04, 2024 MAP-A Instruction And Assessment Planner Closed
    ACCESS DUE December 05, 2023 ACCESS Materials Arrive In Districts
    ACCESS January 08, 2024 to March 01, 2024 ACCESS 2023-2024 Testing Window
    MAP-A February 05, 2024 to May 17, 2024 MAP-A Spring 2024 Required Instructionally Embedded Window
    ACCESS April 30, 2024 to May 07, 2024 ACCESS Pre-Reporting Data Validation
    ACCESS DUE April 05, 2024 ACCESS Deadline To Ship Materials To DRC
    ACCESS DUE May 23, 2024 ACCESS Initial Data Available In WIDA AMS
    ACCESS June 14, 2024 to June 21, 2024 ACCESS Post-Reporting Data Validation
    ACCESS DUE June 12, 2024 ACCESS Districts Receive Individual Student Reports (ISR)
    ACCESS DUE July 09, 2024 ACCESS Districts Receive Final Data
    ACCESS DUE September 20, 2024 Alternate ACCESS - Districts Receive Final Data
    ACCESS DUE October 10, 2024 Alternate ACCESS - Districts Receive Printed Individual Student Reports (ISR)