Missouri State Assessments (page 2)
The following is a brief description of five assessments:
- Grade-Level Assessments are augmented norm-referenced tests that are delivered annually each spring in communication arts and mathematics for grades 3-8, and science for grades 5 and 8.
- End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments are criterion-referenced tests that are delivered to middle and high school students when the Course-Level Expectations for a particular course have been covered. English II, Algebra I, Biology, and Government are required EOC Assessments for all students to satisfy the requirements of No Child Left Behind and the Missouri State Board of Education. Four other EOC assessments are optional: English I, Algebra II, Geometry, and American History.
- ACCESS for ELLs is developed by the World-Class Instructional Design (WIDA) Consortium. This English language proficiency assessment is for K-12 students who are identified for as English Language Learners (ELL).
- MAP-Alternate (MAP-A) Assessment is designed only for students with significant cognitive disabilities who meet grade level and eligibility criteria. Students who qualify for the MAP-A Assessment will not take any other Grade-Level or End-of-Course Assessments. Instead they take the MAP-A test in communication arts in grades 3-8, and 11; mathematics grades 3-8, and 10; and science grades 5, 8, and 11.
- The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is an ongoing representative assessment of nationwide student performance in several content areas. Annually, some Missouri schools may be selected to participate in the NAEP.
You can find more information about Missouri State Assessments at: http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/assess/staff.html
Missouri Grade-Level Assessment
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. The assessment also includes sections from the TerraNova survey, a national norm-referenced test, which is used to compare how well students are performing compared to their peers across the country.
Who takes the Grade-Level Assessment?
All students in grades 3-8 in Missouri will take the grade level assessment. Communication 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 certian 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 months or fewer at the time of administration may be exempted from taking the Communication 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.
What Kinds of Questions are on the Test?
There are two types of questions on the Grade-Level assessment:
- Multiple choice items are composed of selected response questions developed specifically for Missouri/or the survey portion of TerraNova, a nationally normed test.
- Constructed response items require students to supply an appropriate response rather than making a selection from a list of choices.
Is the Grade-Level Assessment available in languages other than English?
No. All Missouri Grade-Level assessments are available only in English. A list of accommodations for English Language Learner students can be found at the bottom of this page: http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/assess/grade_level.html
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