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The Missouri Assessment Program: Changes Ahead for 2014-15

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently announced changes to the 2014-15 Missouri Assessment Program, including adjustments to Grade Level Assessments (GLAs) and End-of-Course Assessments (EOCs).

What is the Missouri Assessment Program? Learn more in this overview from Missouri Parent.

GLAs are taken in the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th grades in English Language Arts and Math. 5th and 8th grade students also take GLAs in science.

Whereas GLAs are taken at the end of a grade level, EOCs are taken at the completion of a course. Specifically, Missouri’s EOCs are offered in Algebra I & II, English I & II, Biology, American History, and Government.

Changes to GLAs in 2014-15
The biggest change announced by DESE to GLAs is a shift from paper tests to testing using an online platform. One of the biggest advantages to the new online platform is that school districts will receive test results (including written responses to test questions) within 10 business days after completion of testing.

Changes to EOCs in 2014-15
Changes to EOCs are a bit more nuanced than those to GLAs. For example, English I & II and Algebra I & II will now be aligned to the Common Core State Standards, while Biology, Government, and American History will remain aligned to Missouri Course-Level Expectations (CLEs).

The state has announced its plans to change to the writing prompts used for the English II exam. DESE aims to publish those changes by the end of winter 2014.

Additionally, Missouri will expand science-based EOCs to meet the updated expectation that all of Missouri’s 2018 graduating seniors have taken three science EOC assessments (Biology is currently the only science-based EOC available to students).

GLAs and EOCs are both used to help the state measure each school and district’s Academic Achievement under the Missouri School Improvement Program. If you’d like to learn more about MSIP5 and how Missouri’s schools are evaluated for accreditation, click here.

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