Missouri Assessment Program
A revised assessment system was implemented across Missouri for the 2014-15 school year:
- Districts administered computer-based 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th grade English language arts and mathematics tests. The shorter testing time in these grades preserves instructional time.
- Districts administered computer-based 5th and 8th grade English language arts and mathematics
assessments. The full assessment gives schools a greater picture of student achievement in the transition grades from elementary school to middle school and middle school to high school.
- The End‐of‐Course exams used for accountability in 2014‐2015, included Algebra I, Algebra II for accelerated students, English II, Biology, and Government. Personal Finance is available for district use when offering personal finance content embedded in another course or when students are testing out of personal finance. All other EOCs are available for district use.
ACT® for 11th Graders
In the Spring of 2015 Missouri provided a one-time administration of the ACT® for all 11th grade students. The test gives students a score when considering additional education after high school. It also provides students, parents, schools and the state with a measure of how well‐prepared students are for college and career. The ACT® will once again be offered to all Missouri juniors in the spring of 2016.
Benefits of New Assessments
- Scores provide students, parents, and teachers with insight into college and career readiness early enough to address issues and provide extra support where needed.
- Computer-based testing provides quicker results with scores returned to districts within 10 business days for grade-level assessments and five working days for end-of-course assessments.
Note: While taking advantage of technology, the assessments are designed to work with the computing devices in schools today.