MAP Score Information for Parents
Letter to Parents
Posted on 12/17/2018
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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) and Mathematics (grades 3-8). Students were administered a field test in Science (grades 5 and 8); however, those scores will not be made available by the state.
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 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.
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 2017-18 MAP results are not comparable with results from previous MAP tests. In other words, they do not represent an “apples to apples” comparison, as the assessments in 2017-18 were completely different from previous MAP tests.
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: https://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/asmt-gl-gir-spring-2018.pdf