Assessment

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 https://dese.mo.gov/form/assessment-meetings-interest. Once finished, you will receive an email to the personal email address provided to confirm your submission.

Assessment Virtual Office Hour
The Assessment Virtual Office Hour will return, starting Tuesday November 28, 2023 at 1:30 PM. To register for the Assessment Virtual Office Hour, use this link: https://morenet.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItde2srTkiH9fSODS9w6ekBW4Rj7HSDstd

Date/Time Topic
November 28, 2023 @ 1:30 PM Assessment Updates and MAP-A
December 19, 2023 @ 1:30 PM Spring EOC Transition, PIE Grant, Asmt. Q&A
January 9, 2024 @ 1:30 PM DTC Training Discussion, WIDA ACCESS, Assessment Updates
February 20, 2024 @ 1:30 PM TBD
March 12, 2024 @ 1:30 PM TBD
March 26, 2024 @ 1:30 PM TBD
April 9, 2024 @ 1:30 PM TBD
April 23, 2024 @ 1:30 PM TBD
May 7, 2024 @ 1:30 PM TBD
May 21, 2024 @ 1:30 PM TBD

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

2023-2024 Administration

  • 11/08/23 - The training PowerPoint slides for Spring 2024 are now available.

2022-2023 Administration


2021-2022 Administration

End-Of-Course Updates

End-Of-Course

2023-2024 Administration

  • 11/08/23 - DESE sent out a memo regarding the move to a single testing vendor beginning in spring of 2024.
  • 11/08/23 - The training PowerPoint slides for Spring 2024 EOC testing are now available.
  • 10/16/23 - The Test Coordinators and Test Administration Manual for Fall 2023 EOC testing and training PowerPoint slides are now available.

2022-2023 Administration


2021-2022 Administration

MAP-A Updates

MAP-A

2023-2024 Administration

2022-2023 Administration

2021-2022 Administration

WIDA ACCESS Updates

WIDA ACCESS

2023-2024 Administration

2022-2023 Administration

2021-2022 Administration

Assessment Resources

Assessment Resources

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

WIDA 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 assessment@dese.mo.gov

Grade-Level

Data Recognition Corp. (DRC)

800-544-9868 maphelpdesk@datarecognitioncorp.com

End-of-Course

NWEA

800-571-2545 mocustomersupport@questarai.com

MAP-A

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

844-675-4479 dlm-support@ku.edu

WIDA ACCESS - WIDA Website, Test Administration

WIDA

866-276-7735 help@wida.us

WIDA ACCESS - Test Materials, Tech Support

Data Recognition Corp. (DRC)

855-787-9615 wida@datarecognitioncorp.com
DESE Pre-Coding 573-522-3207 dsm@dese.mo.gov
Accountability Data 573-751-4426 accountabilitydata@dese.mo.gov
Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP) 573-751-4104 msip@dese.mo.gov

Assessment Calendar

Assessment Name Dates Event
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
EOC September 11, 2023 to September 25, 2023 EOC Fall 2023-2024 - First Precode Window - Students In System 10/19/23 - Students May Start Testing 10/23/23
EOC October 16, 2023 to January 26, 2024 EOC Fall 2023-2024 Practice Test Window
EOC October 23, 2023 to January 26, 2024 EOC Fall 2023-2024 - Testing Window
EOC October 30, 2023 to November 14, 2023 EOC Fall 2023-2024 - Final Precode Window - Students In System And May Start Testing 11/29/23
ACCESS October 02, 2023 to October 26, 2023 ACCESS Precode Window
ACCESS November 06, 2023 to March 01, 2024 ACCESS Test Setup Available
ACCESS November 06, 2023 to March 01, 2024 ACCESS Test Setup Available
Grade-Level DUE November 13, 2023 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 Practice Forms 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
January 08, 2024 to March 01, 2024 ACCESS Testing Window
ACCESS January 08, 2024 to March 01, 2024 ACCESS 2023-2024 Testing Window
EOC January 22, 2024 to January 29, 2024 EOC Spring 2024 - First Precode Window - Students In System 2/21/24 - Students May Start Testing 3/4/24
Grade-Level January 02, 2024 to January 26, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 Braille and Large Print Ordering Window
Grade-Level January 18, 2024 to January 25, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 - 1st Precode Window (Students In Administrative Portal on 2/19)
DUE January 26, 2024 EOC Spring Practice Window Opens
EOC DUE January 29, 2024 EOC Spring 2024 Administration Portal Opens
Grade-Level DUE January 02, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 Administration Portal Opens
EOC DUE January 26, 2024 EOC Spring 2024 Practice Window Opens
EOC February 26, 2024 to May 22, 2024 EOC Spring 2024 Braille And Large Print Ordering Window
MAP-A February 05, 2024 to May 17, 2024 MAP-A Spring 2024 Required Instructionally Embedded Window
Grade-Level February 26, 2024 to March 07, 2024 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2024 - Final Precode Window - (Students In Administrative Portal on 3/18)
EOC February 26, 2024 to March 04, 2024 EOC Spring 2024 - Second Precode Window - Students In System And May Start Testing 3/25/24
February 26, 2024 to March 01, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 - Final Precode Window (Students In Administrative Portal on 3/18)
Grade-Level February 06, 2024 to February 14, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 - 2nd Precode Window (Students In Administrative Portal on 3/4)
EOC March 04, 2024 to May 24, 2024 EOC Spring 2023-2024 - Testing Window
March 04, 2024 to May 24, 2024 EOC Spring 2023 to 2024 - Testing Window
Grade-Level March 20, 2024 to May 22, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 Additional Materials Ordering Window
EOC March 18, 2024 to March 25, 2024 EOC Spring 2024 - Final Precode Window - Students In System And May Start Testing 4/22/24
Grade-Level April 08, 2024 to June 14, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 ISR and Student Labels Ordering Window
EOC April 08, 2024 to June 14, 2024 EOC Spring 2024 ISR and Student Labels Ordering Window
Grade-Level April 01, 2024 to May 24, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 - Testing 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
EOC DUE May 28, 2024 EOC Spring 2024 - Deadline To Ship Materials
Grade-Level DUE May 28, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 Deadline To Ship Materials
EOC June 03, 2024 to July 26, 2024 EOC Summer 2024-2025 - Testing Window
June 03, 2024 to July 26, 2024 EOC Summer Testing Window
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
Grade-Level DUE August 07, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 Printed ISRs and Student Labels Arrive In District
DUE August 07, 2024 EOC Spring 2024 - Printed SIRs and Student Labels Arrive In District
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)