• Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):
    The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Grade-Level Assessments evaluate students’ progress
    toward the Missouri Learning Standards. Grade-Level Assessments provide important
    information that contributes to decisions concerning individual students, groups of students, and
    educational programs. Assessments are given in the subject areas of Communication Arts
    (grades 3-8), Mathematics (grades 3-8) and Science (grades 5 and 8).
    A policy statement, adopted by the Missouri State Board of Education, designated the purposes of
    the Missouri Assessment Program as:
    * Improving students’ acquisition of important knowledge, skills and competencies;
    * Monitoring the performance of Missouri’s education system;
    * Empowering students and their families to improve their educational prospects; and
    * Supporting the teaching and learning process.
    The effectiveness of an assessment program depends on the wise choice of assessment methods,
    appropriate administration procedures and accurate interpretation of results.
    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
    * 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.
    Your child’s Individual Student Report (ISR), includes an Achievement Level, which will describe his
    or her performance as Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, or Advanced. The report will also include a
    short description of the knowledge and skills that are typically demonstrated by students in each
    Achievement Level.
    The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) publishes a Guide to
    Interpreting Results (GIR) that provides additional details about the content of the Individual
    Student Reports. The GIR is available on the DESE website at: http://dese.mo.gov/college-careerreadiness/