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Missouri Assessment Program tests will be changing in 2014-15 to align with the state’s new grade-level and course-level expectations.

In the 2014-15 school year, a revised assessment system will be implemented across Missouri, allowing teachers and students more time for classroom instruction:

  • In grades 3, 4, 6 and 7, students will take 30-minute survey assessments in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. (one hour total)
  • Students in grades 5 and 8 – the transition grades – will continue to take the full assessments in ELA and math, as well as the current science assessment.
  • End-of-course exams will be maintained in Algebra I, Algebra II (for students taking Algebra I at the middle level), English II, Biology, Government and Personal Finance.

In spring 2014, some schools will participate in a national field test to help determine the appropriateness of new test items that reflect updated content in the standards for ELA and math. 2014-15 will be the first school year that the tests will be administered to all students with the results contributing to school district accountability.

More Tools to Help Students Learn

Teachers will continue to personalize learning for children with unlimited access to interim and formative assessment resources in ELA and math for grades 3-8. Districts can use those resources at their own discretion. A digital library of formative assessment tools, practices and professional development materials will make it easier for teachers to collect and use information on student learning.

ACT® for 11th Graders

For the first time, Missouri will provide a one-time administration of the ACT® for all 11th grade students. This will allow students, teachers and parents to see whether or not students are academically prepared for college courses and will save families the testing fee. The ACT® will replace the end-of-high school test.

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.
  • Missouri will transition to what are called ‘computer adaptive assessments,’ which replace pencil-and-paper tests and can adjust the difficulty of questions based on student responses. A student who answers correctly will receive a more challenging item, while an incorrect answer generates a less difficult question. This will give educators better information about how to help individual students and improve local education programs.
  • Online testing provides quicker, more accurate 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 new assessments are designed to work with the computing devices in schools today.

For more information on the revised assessment plan, please click here.