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2011-2012 MAP test results released

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Missouri student achievement continues to rise as the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) testing results are released.

Test results for 2011-2012 released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education show the overall percentages of students scoring at the "proficient" or "advanced" levels continued steady increase in scores.

Students improved from 54.6 to 55 percent proficient or advanced in Communication Arts and from 54.3 to 55 percent in Math.

Beginning this year, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will not be using MAP test scores to determine a school's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report, as previously required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Missouri received a waiver in June that allows the state to use its own accountability system to identify and assist struggling schools and recognize schools achieving exemplary results. The Missouri School Improvement Program or MSIP will now identify and support schools that are struggling.

The MAP test scores and other performance measures are used to develop each school district's Annual Performance Report (APR). The APR provides an update on how districts are meeting state standards in 14 areas, which are the foundation for Missouri's accreditation requirements for public schools. In addition to the test scores, attendance, graduation rates, ACT test scores and other indicators are used to determine each district's APR.

A K-12 school district must meet at least nine of the 14 accreditation standards to be fully accredited and at least six to be provisionally accredited. A K-8 school district must meet at least five of the seven accreditation standards to be fully accredited and at least four to be provisionally accredited.

"MAP" stands for the Missouri Assessment Program.

Nearly 600,000 students took MAP tests last Spring in communication arts, mathematics, science and social studies.

MAP tests are administered annually at all public schools in Missouri.

Find out how your district did.

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