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Missouri Assessment Program

Assessments used in Missouri are designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in Missouri’s Learning Standards (MLS). The assessments yield information on academic achievement at the student, class, school, district and state levels. 

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP): The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) is designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in the Missouri Learning Standards (MLS). The assessments yield information on academic achievement at the student, class, school, district, and state levels. This information is used to diagnose individual student strengths and weaknesses in relation to the instruction of the MLS, and to gauge the overall quality of education throughout Missouri. Grade-Level assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics are given at grades 3 through 8 and science in grades 5 and 8. In addition, districts must ensure that students complete End-of-Course (EOC) assessments in Algebra I, English II, Biology, and Government prior to high school graduation. For students who complete the Algebra I EOC assessment prior to high school, Algebra II is the required high school mathematics assessment for accountability purposes. For additional information, please see the Guide to the Missouri Assessment Program.

The Missouri Assessment Program – Alternate (MAP-A) is designed to promote enhanced capacities and integrated learning opportunities via instruction. It is administered only to students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, which is determined by each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team using DESE-established eligibility criteria. In this one day training, participants will learn a variety of skills necessary for administering the MAP-A. This includes how to access testlets using Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) and updating participants on changes to KITE Suite. Also included are how the various levels of MAP-A work together to create a dynamic test for each individual student, how to select appropriate Essential Elements based upon the blueprint and the grade level, and how to regularly integrate Instructionally Relevant Testlets into classroom instruction. Additionally, participants will learn how to use the Educator Portal, Instruction and Assessment Planner, and learn what equipment will be necessary for students in order to complete  assessments.Participants will also become familiar with the compliance components related to the MAP-A.

MAP-A Slideshows - Compliance Section - (Last update: Sept 2020)

Section Title Description Duration Resource Materials

MAP-A Slideshows - Effective Practices Section (Sept 2020)

1 Overview

Part 1- Getting Started-Welcome!
Part 2 - General Information: Map A, DLM, Eligibility Criteria

34 slides


Form D: Part 1 - MAP Grade Level Assessments

Form E: District wide Assessments

Navigating the DESE Website for MAP-A

Alternate Assessment Participation Determination

Missouri Alternate Assessment Decision Making Flow Chart

Missouri Alternate Assessment Decision Making Guidance Document

Changes to MAP-A IC Document

Chart of Required Testlets

Guide to Released Activities and Practice Testlets

Guided Notes to MAP-A

MAP-A Assessment Checklist

MAP-A Resource Table

Steps for Teachers MAP-A

Test Administrator Training Manual Guide

2 Eligibility Criteria for MAP-A This section will discuss the necessary steps in finding a student eligible to take the MAP-A. 11 slides
3 Part 3: DLM Terminology and Organizational Structure and
Part 4: Instructionally Embedded Assessments
This section will familiarize the viewer with terminology related to  Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM), organizational structure and Instructionally Embedded Assessments as it relates to the MAP-A. 43 slides
4 Part 5: Requirements for Test Administration and Using Kite® Suite This section will address two subject areas. The first being the Requirements for Test Administration followed by Using Kite® Suite. 26 slides
5 Part 6: Instruction and Assessment Planner and Testing
Technical Assistance from RPDC
This section consists of a discussion of instruction and assessment planner and testing. The viewer will also be provided specific information on technical assistance from the RPDC. 30 slides