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Missouri Educators’ Ultimate Guide to Prepare for MAP Testing

Missouri Educators’ Ultimate Guide to Prepare for MAP Testing

It’s hard to believe that the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) and End-of-Course (EOC) assessments are right around the corner! Between making sure that you are staying on pace with curriculum guides, practicing test-taking procedures and strategies, and providing the targeted preparation and reinforcement individual students need, spring testing season can quickly begin to feel overwhelming for educators. The good news is that a little research and planning can go a long way toward ensuring that you’re able to provide the support students need to be successful on their state assessments. We’ve gathered all of the most useful, detailed, and relevant resources out there to help put your mind at ease and arm you with an outstanding test-preparation program.

Testing Materials from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

When it comes to the state assessments, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is the authority. And, the DESE has a great collection of free resources for educators! We’ve done the legwork of combing through the DESE library to find the best assessment materials.

State Testing Windows

Check out the MAP state testing windows and assessment calendar.

Assessment Updates

Keep an eye on this page for any assessment updates, newsletters, weather notices, or changes involving the MAP assessments.

Assessment Resources

Use this link to access any test manuals, tools and accommodations, blueprints, and quick reference guides.

Guide to the Missouri Assessment Program

The page provides information about each of the MAP assessments and resources and links for admins and district testing coordinators. Also included are timing guidelines for each assessment.

Missouri Test-Preparation Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices for Classroom Teachers

There is something unique about testing of any kind that requires students to recall information they’ve previously learned and apply it to answer the question at hand. If your students don’t have experience with this—whether it’s through low-stakes formative assessment or high-stakes summative tests—they may struggle on test day.

Fortunately, with sustained and regular practice, your students will become familiar with retrieving information and similarly be able to show you what they know by way of assessment so that you can adjust instruction up until test day. Check out the following resources to get started.

5 Proven Ways to Get the Most Out of Practice Testing
The old adage “practice makes perfect” is a familiar turn of phrase for a reason. Ensure that you’re getting the most out of every minute your students are spending on practice testing.

3 Ways Online Practice Can Support Your Test-Prep Program  
As you are considering different options to ensure that your students have achieved standards proficiency, it’s critical that you have a program that’s aligned to the Missouri Learning Standards. Consider this and other benefits of using an online program.

5 Unique Ways to Formatively Assess Your Class

A formative assessment can be fun if you let it! Take a look at five unique ways of assessing student core subject knowledge while still allowing them to have fun and be creative, including journaling, skits, and creating newspaper headlines revolving around the lesson of the day.  

General Test-Prep and Test-Taking Tips for Educators

No matter the exact situation, testing is a stressful process. But, successful test taking, beyond content knowledge, is also a skill that can be taught, acquired, and mastered. Here are some of our best resources on general test prep and test taking to help the MAP assessment process go smoothly at your school.

       10 Classroom and School Tips to Improve Test Scores

Helping students achieve MAP assessment success is about much more than targeted practice in the classroom. Check out these 10 holistic tips to make sure that your students are ready for their MAP assessments in all ways.

8 Last-Minute Steps Districts Can Take to Improve Test Scores

Administrators may not feel like they have a direct hand in making sure that students are well-prepared for MAP assessments. But, there is no shortage of steps administrators can take to ensure that their teachers and students have what they need for a successful testing season—even when it comes down to the wire.

6 Tips for Teachers to Help Students Manage Stress

Testing season inevitably means classroom stress will hit a new high. So, how can you keep anxiety levels in check and help your students stay cool, calm, and collected when test day rolls around? Here are six tips for a low(er) stress testing season:

8 Tips for Parents to Help Your Child Prepare for High-Stakes Tests

Parents and other caregivers are critical to every student’s education journey. So, get them involved in the MAP assessment preparation process! Share these eight simple tips with parents to help them support their learners on testing days.

Ready to take your MAP assessment preparation program to the next level? Check out Study Island, Edmentum’s online solution for classroom practice and assessment and our extensive library of programs designed exclusively for Missouri educators and students. You can even start your FREE trial of Study Island today!

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