GRADE LEVEL MAP TESTING TO BEGIN SOON AT ALTON ELEMENTARY

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Monday, April 12th, grades three through five will begin the MAP Grade Level Assessments. Students will be completing their end of the year tests using a chromebook. During the week of testing, please remember the importance of a good night’s rest, as well as making sure your child eats a nutritious breakfast! While good attendance is always of importance, we want to stress that throughout the testing period, being on time and attending school are extremely important! The last day of testing will be Friday, April 23rd. Thank you for your cooperation and dedication to your child’s education. We know our students will do great things on this test! 

MAP Schedule

2021

*We will begin each day by 8:30

April 12 

*3rd and 4th Grade

M- 4/12

T- 4/13

W- 4/14

R- 4/15

F- 4/16

3rd ELA 1

3rd ELA 2 & 3, 

Math 3

3rd Math 1 & 2

4th ELA 1

4th ELA 2

4th ELA 3 & 4

4th Math 1

4th Math 2 & 3

April 19 

*5th Grade 

M- 4/19

T- 4/20

W- 4/21

R- 4/22

F- 4/23

5th ELA 1

5th ELA 2 & 3

Math 3

5th Math 1 and 2

5th Science 1

5th Science 2

Important testing information provided by MO DESE:

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s): 

The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Grade-Level Assessments evaluate students’ progress toward the Missouri  Learning Standards.  

The Missouri Learning Standards define the knowledge and skills students need in each grade level and course for  success in college, other post-secondary training and careers. These expectations are aligned to the Show-Me Standards,  which define what all Missouri high school graduates should know and be able to do. Find more information about the standards at https://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/curriculum/mls-for-parents. 

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. 

Grade-Level Assessments provide important information that contributes to decisions concerning individual students,  groups of students, and educational programs. 

Students in grades three through eight are administered assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Those  in grades five and eight also take Science assessments. 

The effectiveness of an assessment program depends on the wise choice of assessment methods, appropriate  administration procedures and accurate interpretation of results. 

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. ∙ Writing Task items require students to write either narrative, information/explanatory or opinion/argumentative  essay. 

Each test produces an Individual Student Report (ISR) that includes an Achievement Level, which will describe the  student performance as Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, or Advanced. The report also includes 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-career-readiness/assessment/grade-level.