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State standardized testing begins
in schools this week

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

School districts across Missouri will begin administering state standardized testing this week.

Each spring, students in grades 3-8 participate in the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP).

This year, the tests will be conducted completely online. Students are being asked to bring their own headphones for parts of the test which measure listening skills.

The testing schedule for schools and grade levels varies but will take place over the course of four weeks.

The Missouri Assessment Program measures what a student knows in the subject areas of communication arts, mathematics, and science. The tests are divided into multiple sessions, which allows students to take breaks at scheduled intervals.

The state and federal government use the results to determine whether schools are making progress toward their achievement goals. Additionally, it enables districts to measure student academic growth and recognize any areas of concern.

The Park Hill School District sent parents reminders about the importance of standardized testing and encouraged parents to make sure their child gets plenty of rest and eats breakfast each day of testing. Parents are also encouraged make sure their child attends school and arrives on time on testing days.

A fourth grade practice form contained 36 math questions and was divided into three sessions. Sample test questions asked students to compare decimals and fractions, as well as identify geometric shapes. To view test questions in various grade levels on the web go to: https://wbte.drcedirect.com/MO/portals/mo

Additional information on the MAP can be found at http://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/assessment/grade-level

Results of the online assessment will be distributed to parents as they become available.