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MAP Letter

posted Mar 21, 2016, 11:49 AM by Ellen Meyer

Dear Parents/Guardians:


In a few weeks, your child will be participating in the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Grade-Level Assessments. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with general information about the assessments, and to inform you of the district's testing schedule. Please make every attempt to ensure that your child is present during anticipated testing times/dates and that he/she is prepared for testing. Students are also encouraged to bring their headphones during their scheduled MAP testing.


General Information about the Missouri Assessment Program Grade-Level Assessments


The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Grade-Level Assessments evaluate students’ progress toward the Missouri Learning Standards.  The MAP Grade-Level Assessments include assessments in the subject areas of English language arts (grades 3-8), mathematics (grades 3-8), and science (grades 5 and 8). MAP Grade-Level Assessments provide important information that contributes to decisions concerning individual students, groups of students, and educational programs.   


This spring the MAP Grade-Level Assessments will be administered online. This approach represents a significant improvement over traditional paper-and-pencil assessments. Online assessments offer unique ways of assessing content and standards that are difficult to assess using paper-and-pencil tests. For example, listening can be assessed easily in an online assessment using a text-to-speech feature that allows students to listen to a passage and replay it as many times as they wish before responding to an associated set of questions. Additionally, online assessment allows for supports and accommodations that effectively meet a wide range of student needs. For example, a student has the ability to use a magnification feature within the system to enlarge an item. Another advantage of online assessments is that districts will receive student scores more quickly than in the past.


The Grade-Level Assessments include multiple types of questions or items:


· Selected Response (also known as multiple choice) items are composed of a question followed by a series of possible responses. Students must select the correct response or responses.


· Constructed Response or Short Text items require students to supply an appropriate response rather than making a selection from a list of choices.


· Performance Tasks/Events allow students to work through more complicated items using real-world scenarios.


· Technology Enhanced items make use of technology in the presentation of the item, the ways in which students respond, or both. For example, students might listen to a story and then drag and drop labels into a diagram, or click on specific parts of a text to provide a response.


Parents can preview the MAP Grade-Level Assessment administration system and the item types included on each assessment by reviewing the practice tests and tutorials that are available in the Missouri Assessment Program portal, called eDIRECT. Parents can access practice tests and tutorials by going to the MAP Grade-Level Assessment website (http://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/assessment/grade-level) and clicking on Grade-Level Online Tools Training in the "Quick Links" box. No login or password is necessary to review practice tests or tutorials.





Spring 2016 MAP Testing Schedule for Bowling Green Middle School



6th Grade Testing Dates


Mathematics                          April 7th           MAP Test Sessions 1 and 2

Communication Arts             April 19th         MAP Test Sessions 1, 2, and 3



7th Grade Testing Dates


Mathematics                          April 12th         MAP Test Sessions 1 and 2

Communication Arts             April 21st          MAP Test Sessions 1, 2, and 3



8th Grade Testing Dates


Science                                   April 5th           MAP Test Sessions 1, 2, and 3


Mathematics                          April 14th         Pre-Algebra students take MAP Test Sessions 1 and 2

April 18th         Algebra 1 students take End Of Course (EOC) Exam


Communication Arts             April 26th         MAP Test Sessions 1 and 2                                        

                                                April 27th         MAP Test Sessions 3 and 4