Required Missouri Assessments for Virtual and In-Person Students

Required Missouri Assessments for Virtual and In-Person Students

All Brentwood traditional and full-time distance students in grades 3-8 will be taking the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests this spring in their school buildings. Each building is developing a specific plan with options for dates and times to safely allow full-time distance students to complete these mandatory assessments.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires all students, including fully virtual learning students, to take the state-required tests in person. Missouri is not allowing districts to waive the in-person requirement for students, but we will do everything possible to ensure that students have a safe environment in which to complete their exams within the testing window. 

While assessments can feel like a burden, it is important to note that the information from these exams helps provide critical information in ensuring that all students are receiving the support they need to be successful. Especially with the challenges of the past school year, it is more important than ever to know how our students are growing.

Your school will share specific testing schedules and details with you before spring break.  All testing will be done on computer devices in the schools. Students must have their district-issued Chromebooks with them fully charged on testing dates. While the assessments are delivered electronically, Missouri requires that these exams be given securely in-person. 

Students in grades 3-8 are taking tests in English/Language Arts and Math. Fifth and eighth grade students will also be tested in Science.

These assessments help Brentwood understand how well students are meeting standards established by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Parents can help ease test anxiety and help their children be prepared for the upcoming state tests by: 

  • Avoiding doctor appointments and other absences during this time period.

  • Arriving at school on time each day; testing usually begins immediately after class starts.

  • Providing a nutritious breakfast or encouraging your child to eat a school breakfast.

  • Encouraging reasonable bedtimes to ensure a proper night’s sleep.

  • Expressing confidence in and encouraging him/her to do his/her best.

  • Ensuring their child brings their Chromebook to school fully charged on the day(s) of testing.

  • Providing social/emotional support and comfort.

 

Thank you for your continued support and understanding!

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For questions, please contact: 

Dr. Alex J. Tripamer
Director of Instruction and Student Support
314-962-4507 • atripamer@brentwoodmoschools.org