map assessment letter

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Grade Level Assessments evaluate students’ progress toward the Missouri Learning Standards. The Missouri Learning Standards define the knowledge and skills students need in each grade level and course for success in college, other post-secondary training and careers. These expectations are aligned to the Show-Me Standards, which define what all Missouri high school graduates should know and be able to do. 

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.

Grade-Level Assessments provide important information that contributes to decisions concerning individual students, groups of students, and educational programs. Students in grades three through eight are administered assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Those in grades five and eight also take Science assessments. Missouri’s suite of available End-Of-Course (EOC) assessments include English I, English II, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, American History, Government, Biology, and Physical Education. 

Each test produces an Individual Student Report (ISR) that includes an Achievement Level, which will describe the student performance as Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, or Advanced. The report also includes a short description of the knowledge and skills that are typically demonstrated by students in each Achievement Level.

All Individual Student Reports will be discussed and shared with parents at Fall Parent Teacher conferences to be held in October. If you would like your child’s results sooner, please reach out to your building principal  and they can assist you. Please feel free to contact the District Test Coordinator, Laura Jacobi, at 660-886-7414 ext. 10123 for any further information.