MAP: What you need to know for 2015
MAP: What you need to know for 2015
Posted on 03/30/2015
logoChanges are coming for the 2015 grade-level Missouri Assessment Program and End-of-Course exams. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education made changes “for the better” by raising expectations to help students become better prepared for college and career.

Each spring, public school students take MAP and EOC exams. They are designed to measure how well students learn skills and knowledge outlined in Missouri Learning Standards. The standards let teachers and parents know whether students are on track to be ready for college and a career after graduation. MAP is based on higher expectations for students.

WP class picWhat’s different about MAP this year?

• Students in grades 3-8 will take MAP tests on a computer. Braille, large print and other forms of the tests are available, as determined by an individualized education plan.

• Computerized tests are interactive. Students will use computer-based tools to answer questions and solve problems.

• MAP test questions are multiple choice, short answer and written narratives. The tests may take longer because of the writing component.

• Grade-level MAP tests for English language arts and math are new. It will be difficult to predict how students will perform because of the higher expectations and the online format. It is possible that fewer students will meet grade-level standards. It doesn’t mean that students are doing worse; it means the tests are more demanding.

• Online testing is a benefit for school districts because student scores are available more quickly than in past years.

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How is Confluence preparing students for the changes to MAP?

• Students are learning test-taking strategies, learning how to use online tools for testing, and taking practice exams.

• MAP workshops are planned at Confluence Academy-Old North, Confluence Academy-South City and Confluence Academy-Walnut Park.

• To boost enthusiasm for MAP, schools are planning events and activities for students and families in the days leading up to testing.

When will Confluence students take MAP tests?

• Students at Old North, South City, Walnut Park and GCAA will take MAP tests from April 13 through May 8.

• Students at CPA will take EOC exams from April 13 through May 8.

• GCAA students will take EOC exams from May 4 through May 14.

• The weekly test schedule varies by school; please talk to your child’s teacher and principal for specific details.

About MAP, EOC

• MAP tests include English language arts and math for grades 3-8.

• Students in grades 5 and 8 also take science assessments.

• English language arts and math test questions are from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Smarter Balanced is a group of states working together to create common assessments.

• EOC exams are for high school students. EOC exams at CPA and GCAA include Algebra I, English II, Biology and Government.

• End-of-Course assessments have been computer-based since 2010.

• In 2015, all Missouri students in 11th grade will take the ACT. The test is being administered for free. The ACT is a college entrance exam. An overall score is given; the score is helpful when students are considering their education after high school, and it helps DESE measure how well students are prepared for college and career.

• All juniors at Confluence Preparatory Academy and Grand Center Arts Academy will take the ACT on April 28.

What if I don’t want my child to take the MAP or EOC?

In Missouri, state and federal law compels assessment tests for students in public school districts.
Missouri does not have an opt-out provision from state and federally mandated assessments.

Missouri state law RSMo.160.518 says that the state board of education and DESE must give annual assessments by grade level to measure “a student’s knowledge of academic subjects.” Federal education law (PART A- Subpart 1- Section 1111(b)(2)(I)(ii)) requires states and school districts test 95 percent of students on year-end tests in grades 3-8 and end-of-course tests in high school.

Motivate and Encourage your Student
Parents of Confluence Charter Schools can motivate and encourage their students for success on MAP and EOC tests in many ways:

• Give daily encourage to your student to do his/her best.

• Be positive and set the tone for your scholar to have a good day and test well.

• Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast every day. Old North, South City, Walnut Park and GCAA serve breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. CPA serves breakfast beginning at 7:00 a.m.

• Be sure your child gets plenty of rest and a good night’s sleep.

• Be at school every day of testing.

• Be on time. Attendance matters!

Parents, we have more tips to help you prepare your child for MAP - MAP Test Prep Tips_Parents_REV March 2015.pdf