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Do Your Best On The Test!!!


April 10, 2015                                                          

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Students in grades 3-6 will be taking the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) state assessments beginning next week.

Tests will include different sessions of both communication arts and math at all tested grade levels, in addition to the fifth grade science assessments, which will be given following math week.

Our students and teachers have been working very hard all year to prepare for the tests. We feel very confident that students are ready to succeed!! Please keep the following in mind:

  • Attendance is very important

  •  A good night’s rest and arriving at school on time are key to success

  • please avoid making any appointments during testing weeks 4/20-5/8

  • There are no electronic devices allowed in testing rooms. This means that all student cell phones, ipods, etc. will be kept under lock and key for the next few weeks. Unless that device is absolutely necessary please keep it at home and if it is needed that it must be given to the teacher until the end of the school day for security purposes.

  • There is more detailed information about some of the changes we will see this year with MAP testing on the back of this letter.


Thank you for working with us. We really do make a GREAT Team!!


Faxon Staff                  


General Information about the Missouri Assessment Program Grade-Level Assessments


The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Grade-Level Assessments evaluate students’ progress toward the Missouri Learning Standards.  The MAP Grade-Level Assessments include assessments in the subject areas of English language arts (grades 3-8), mathematics (grades 3-8), and science (grades 5 and 8). MAP Grade-Level Assessments provide important information that contributes to decisions concerning individual students, groups of students, and educational programs.   


This spring, for the first time, the MAP Grade-Level Assessments will be administered online, as well as the traditional paper-and-pencil assessments for some students. Online assessments offer unique ways of assessing content and standards, which we have practiced over the past months. For example, listening can be assessed easily in an online assessment using a text-to-speech feature that allows students to listen to a passage and replay it as many times as they wish before responding to an associated set of questions. Additionally, online assessment allows for supports and accommodations that effectively meet a wide range of student needs. Another advantage of online assessments is that districts will receive student scores more quickly than in the past.


The MAP Grade-Level Assessments include multiple types of questions or items:

  • Selected Response or multiple

  • Constructed Response or Fill in the blank

  • Performance Tasks/Events using real-world scenarios

  • Technology Enhanced items make use of technology in the presentation of the item, the drag and drop labels into a diagram, or clicking on specific parts of a text to provide a response.


Parents can preview the item types included on each assessment by reviewing the practice tests available in the Missouri Assessment Program portal, called eDIRECT at ( and clicking on Grade-Level Online Tools Training in the "Quick Links" box . No login or password is necessary.


After testing, your child will receive an Individual Student Report that will give you information about his or her achievement in terms of the content and skills assessed by the MAP Grade-Level Assessment at his or her grade level. Your child's Individual Student Report will include an Achievement Level, which will describe his or her performance for the grade level and content area 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 for that grade level and content area.


The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) publishes a Guide to Interpreting Results (GIR) available on the DESE website at when the reports are distributed.