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 Hours
DESE Assessment staff hosts Virtual Office Hours every Tuesday at 9:00am via Zoom. Use the following link to register for the meetings. Additional topics will be added as scheduled and topics are subject to change. The Office Hours sessions will not be recorded. You can register for the Zoom at: https://morenet.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwkf--trTgtEtFshXnpjeCnRUcNyeWMwzEZ.

Date Topic
September 27 MAP-A Presentation
October 11 WIDA, EOC Precode and Fall Administration Presentations
October 25 CANCELLED
November 8  
November 22 EOC Training
Future Dates
Topics TBD
December 6, December 20, January 3, January 17, January 31, February 14 , February 28, March 14, March 28, April 11, April 25, May 9, May 23

Assessment Updates

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

MAP Grade-Level Assessment

2022-2023 Administration


2021-2022 Administration

2020-2021 Administration

2019-2020 Administration

  • • 05/20/20 - The Guide To The Missouri Assessment Program has been updated.
  • • 04/03/20 - DRC sent a message to districts who ordered physical testing materials (Braille/Large Print) about returning materials to DRC.
  • • 04/02/20 - DESE sent a message to DTCs with an Update from DESE Assessment and Curriculum.
  • • 02/10/20 - DRC sent a message regarding Chrome OS 80/DRC INSIGHT Issue Resolved.
  • • 02/07/20 - DRC sent a message regarding Chrome 80 Operating System Issue for Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.
  • • 01/31/20 - DRC sent a message regarding Summative Assessments Enrollments Window Deadline - Final Reminder.
  • • 01/29/20 - DRC sent a message regarding District Test Coordinator Training Available.
  • • 01/29/20 - DRC sent a message regarding Summative Assessments Enrollments Window Deadline.
  • • 01/29/20 - DRC sent a message regarding Grade-Level Social Studies Information.
  • • 01/27/20 - DRC sent a message regarding Summative Assessments Enrollments Window Deadline.
  • • 01/27/20 - DRC sent a message regarding Summative Assessments Student Report Label Stock Information.
  • • 01/20/20 - DRC sent a message regarding MAP Grade-Level Practice Forms – New Secure Test Form.
  • • 01/03/20 - DRC sent a message regarding Spring 2020 MAP Grade-Level Summative Assessment Information.
  • • 12/16/19 - DRC sent a message regarding Grade-Level Practice Forms Update.
  • • 12/09/19 - DRC sent a message regarding DRC INSIGHT Online Learning System Training for DTCs.
  • • 11/11/19 - DRC sent a message regarding Spring 2019 Score Report Labels Available On The Online Reporting System.
  • • 10/03/19 - DRC sent a message regarding 2019 MAP Grade-Level Assessments – Updated ELA and Math Online Individual Student Reports (ISRs).
  • • 09/27/19 - DRC sent a message regarding 2019 – 2020 MAP Grade-Level District Information Technology Coordinators Trainings Available.
  • • 09/23/19 - The Test Coordinators Manual, Examiners Manuals, training power point slides and all additional resources needed for administration of the assessment have been posted on the Grade-Level Assessment page.
  • • 09/16/19 - DRC sent a message regarding 2019 – 2020 MAP Grade-Level Trainings for District Information Technology Coordinators.
  • • 08/27/19 - DRC sent a message regarding 2019 – 2020 MAP Grade-Level Released Practice Forms Information.
  • • 07/24/19 - DRC sent a message regarding Score Reports Available on the Online Reporting System UPDATED.
  • • 07/17/19 - The Spring 2019 Guide To Interpreting Results has been posted.
  • • 06/12/19 - DRC sent a message regarding DRC INSIGHT Software Update for 2019-20 Testing.
End-Of-Course

End-Of-Course

2022-2023 Administration


2021-2022 Administration

2020-2021 Administration

2019-2020 Administration

2018-2019 Administration

MAP-A

MAP-A

2022-2023 Administration

2021-2022 Administration

2020-2021 Administration

2019-2020 Administration

  • • 05/11/20 - Volume 9, Issue 10 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
  • • 04/02/20 - DESE sent a message to DTCs with an Update from DESE Assessment and Curriculum.
  • • 03/09/20 - Volume 9, Issue 9 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
  • • 02/10/20 - Volume 9, Issue 8 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
  • • 01/27/20 - Volume 9, Issue 7 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
  • • 12/17/19 - Volume 9, Issue 6 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
  • • 12/02/19 - Volume 9, Issue 5 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
  • • 11/06/19 - Volume 9, Issue 4 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
  • • 10/07/19 - Volume 9, Issue 3 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
  • • 09/23/19 - All manuals, guides and resources for MAP-A testing have been updated on the MAP-A page.
  • • 09/16/19 - Volume 9, Number 2 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
  • • 08/12/19 - Volume 9, Number 1 of the MAP-A Update newsletter sent out.
WIDA ACCESS

WIDA ACCESS

2022-2023 Administration

2021-2022 Administration

2020-2021 Administration

2019-2020 Administration

Resources

State Testing Windows

Statewide Testing Windows

State Testing Windows

Assessment Event 2022-2023
MAP Grade-Level Assessment Spring Summative 4/3/23 - 5/26/23
End-of-Course Summer 2022 Summative 6/6/22 - 7/29/22
Fall Summative 10/24/22 - 1/27/23
Spring Summative 3/6/23 - 5/26/23
Summer 2023 Summative 6/5/23 - 7/28/23
MAP-Alternate (MAP-A) Required Instructionally Embedded Assessments Fall Window 9/12/22 - 12/16/22
Required Instructionally Embedded Assessments Spring Window 2/6/23 - 5/19/23
ACCESS for ELLs English Language Proficiency 1/9/23 - 3/3/23

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)
English Language Arts
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies

Social Studies Item Specifications - Updated July 2022

Assessment Calendar

Assessment Name Dates Event
EOC June 06, 2022 to July 29, 2022 EOC Summer 2022-2023 - Testing Window
MAP-A September 12, 2022 to December 16, 2022 MAP-A Fall 2022 Required Instructionally Embedded Window
ACCESS for ELLs September 26, 2022 to November 03, 2022 ACCESS Test Materials Ordering
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
ACCESS for ELLs October 03, 2022 to October 26, 2022 ACCESS Pre-Code Window
Grade-Level DUE October 03, 2022 MAP Grade-Level Practice Test Opens
EOC DUE October 17, 2022 EOC Practice Test Opens
ACCESS for ELLs November 07, 2022 to March 03, 2023 ACCESS Test Setup Available
ACCESS for ELLs December 05, 2022 to February 24, 2023 ACCESS Additional Test Materials Ordering
ACCESS for ELLs DUE December 05, 2022 ACCESS Materials Arrive In Districts
ACCESS for ELLs January 09, 2023 to March 03, 2023 ACCESS 2022-2023 Testing Window
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
MAP-A February 06, 2023 to May 19, 2023 MAP-A Spring 2023 Required Instructionally Embedded 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
ACCESS for ELLs DUE April 07, 2023 ACCESS Deadline To Ship Materials To DRC
ACCESS for ELLs May 02, 2023 to May 09, 2023 ACCESS Pre-Reporting Data Validation
Grade-Level DUE May 30, 2023 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2023 - Deadline To Schedule Pickup Of Printed Test Materials
ACCESS for ELLs DUE May 25, 2023 ACCESS Initial Data Available In WIDA AMS
EOC June 05, 2023 to July 28, 2023 EOC Summer 2023 Testing Window
ACCESS for ELLs June 15, 2023 to June 21, 2023 ACCESS Post-Reporting Data Validation
ACCESS for ELLs DUE June 14, 2023 ACCESS Districts Receive Individual Student Reports (ISR)
ACCESS for ELLs DUE July 07, 2023 ACCESS Districts Receive Final Data