The Missouri Assessment Program assesses students’ progress toward mastery of the Show-Me Standards which are the educational standards in Missouri. The Grade-Level Assessment is a yearly standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri.

Who takes the Grade-Level Assessment?

All students in grades 3-8 in Missouri will take the grade level assessment. English Language Arts and Mathematics are administered in all grades. Science is administered in grades 5 and 8. A few groups of students may be exempt from certain portions or all of the assessment. Those include:

  • Students whose IEP teams have determined that the MAP-A is the appropriate assessment do not have to take the Grade-Level assessment.
  • English Language Learners (ELL) who have been in the United States 12 cumulative months or fewer at the time of administration may be exempted from taking the English Language Arts portion. All other content areas must be assessed.
  • Foreign exchange students are allowed, but are not required to take the assessment. This is a district decision.
  • Homeschooled students may take part in the assessment at the local district's discretion.
  • Private school students are not required to take the Grade-Level assessment.

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.



Guide To Interpreting Results

Performance Level Descriptors

ELA Math Science


2023-2024 Manuals



The District Test Coordinator is responsible for training all School Test Coordinators, Test Examiners and other responsible district and/or school staff on MAP Grade-Level Assessment processes and procedures. Prior to test administration, test examiners must familiarize themselves with the testing manual(s) and participate in any district created training.

The information in the following Power Point can be used as part of district created training. This Power Point is not a substitution for district created training or for reading the manuals above. District trainings should also include local procedures such as cell phone policy, test schedule, who to contact in the district with questions, etc.

The MAP Grade-Level assessments have a number of resources available for LEAs to use to prepare for state testing.

Training Resources

Online Tools Training (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. The OTTs are accessible at any time with no limits on usage. NOTE: The OTTs are only accessible via Google Chrome.

Test Tutorials
Available on the Portal under My Applications>General Information>Test Tutorials

Test Tutorials allow users to watch recorded videos that demonstrate the features of INSIGHT and the tools that will be used for the operational assessments. Test Tutorials are available for all subjects and are divided by content into two categories:

  • General testing topics include tutorials on topics such as testing basics, using the help feature and finishing the test.
  • Advanced Tools show grade and include tutorials on topics such as highlighting, using a ruler, graphing and more.

Practice Form
Available in the INSIGHT platform or downloadable from the Practice Forms tab on this page.

The practice form mirrors the operational assessment and gives users the ability to see the types of items that will be on the assessment and, if taking the practice test online, become comfortable with answering items within the INSIGHT testing platform.

Grade-Level Assessments Training Modules

DRC has created a series of Portal training modules for DTCs/STCs to use in conjunction with the manuals. Districts may choose to use these modules as part of their local district training.

These training modules can be found in the Portal at

Once in the Portal, click My Applications>General Information>Documents and choose the appropriate Administration from the drop-down. Then choose the Portal Training from the Document Type drop down. Trainings include:

  • Accountability Form
  • Add/Edit Students
  • Add/Edit Users
  • Additional Materials
  • Enrollments
  • General Info
  • Handling Physical Materials
  • Initial Login
  • System Updates
  • Test Monitoring Training
  • Test Sessions
  • Training Materials


The following information reflects district cost for the MAP Grade-Level statewide assessments. Cost is per student, not per assessment.

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

Practice Forms

Practice Forms can be accessed via eDIRECT to mimic the summative assessment. See the Test Coordinators Manual for more information.

Paper and Large Print practice forms can be downloaded from eDIRECT as well.

Braille practice forms can be ordered from DRC directly. See the TCM for more information.

Content Paper and Pencil/Large Print
3 Math
4 Math
5 Math
5 Science
6 Math
7 Math
8 Math
8 Science
Contact Information
Contact Phone E-Mail
DESE Assessment 573-751-3545


Data Recognition Corp. (DRC)

Accountability Data 573-751-4426
Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP) 573-751-4104

Grade-Level Dates

Dates Event
DUE November 13, 2023 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 Practice Forms Available
January 02, 2024 to January 26, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 Braille and Large Print Ordering Window
January 18, 2024 to January 25, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 - 1st Precode Window (Students In Administrative Portal on 2/19)
DUE January 02, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 Administration Portal Opens
February 26, 2024 to March 07, 2024 MAP Grade-Level Spring 2024 - Final Precode Window - (Students In Administrative Portal on 3/18)
February 06, 2024 to February 14, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 - 2nd Precode Window (Students In Administrative Portal on 3/4)
March 20, 2024 to May 22, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 Additional Materials Ordering Window
April 08, 2024 to June 14, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 ISR and Student Labels Ordering Window
April 01, 2024 to May 24, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 - Testing Window
DUE May 28, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 Deadline To Ship Materials
DUE August 07, 2024 MAP Grade-Level 2023-2024 Printed ISRs and Student Labels Arrive In District