Standardized Learning Assessments

Standardized learning assessments may be given to your child depending on the type of school they attend, how old they are, and what grade they are in. Learn about mandatory tests and what their purpose is.

Public school students taking annual state tests is something that most people are familiar with. Standardized Learning Assessments help students, parents, school staff, and the community at large know how a school is doing and guide the work of school improvement.

Mandatory Tests

The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) requires students in grades 3-8 to test in English Language Arts and Mathematics and students in 5 and 8 in Science. Additionally, there are required End of Course assessments in high school in Algebra I or Algebra II, Biology, English II, and Government.

The Purpose Of Each Test

  • The Missouri Assessment Program measures the degree to which students have mastered the Missouri Learning Standards or the expectations for what students should know and be able to do in each grade and subject.
  • These assessments provide families, teachers, and policy-makers with essential data on academic achievement and growth. These data help assess the quality of public education statewide.
  • At the school level, this information is used to diagnose individual student strengths and weaknesses and improve the quality of teaching and learning

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