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MAP testing soon for Monett students

Monday, April 9, 2012

Students in the Monett R-1 School District will begin taking tests under the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) for the 2012-13 school year, this week.

According to Brad Hanson, assistant superintendent, students at Central park and Monett Intermediate School will begin testing next week. Monett Middle School students will begin the following week.

Monett High School students will begin their version of the tests, the end-of-course (EOC) exams on the last day of April.

"These standardized assessments play a very important role for students, teachers, and our school district," said Hanson. "These assessments have been designed to measure student achievement of the standards that have been taught at each particular grade level or course.

"Although these test scores aren't always reflected in a student's grade especially in MAP tests," Hanson continued, "students have the opportunity to display their level of proficiency attained within the specific learning objectives that have been addressed during the previous year. This information is helpful is determining student achievement levels as we prepare students for their next grade level."

Teachers take the data received from the assessments and reflect upon their instructional practices over the past year. Their analysis, supported by trends in student data, is pivotal in making decisions for improving future instruction, Hanson indicated.

"Conversations that ensue between teachers at the same grade levels, based upon student performance on these assessments, is most often a driving force in creating the culture for continuous improvement we are so proud of within Monett R-1," Hanson said.

The progress in learning by Monett students, as reflected in the MAP test scores is often compared with other school districts.

"Much of our accreditation process evolves around our ability to improve our scores from year to year on these assessments," Hanson said. "Simply put, we all want our school district to 'shine' when it comes to these comparisons.Teachers have prepared Monett students for success on the MAP assessments throughout the school year. Instruction has been aligned to meet the expectations of the state standards. Progress by students during the year has been monitored in an effort to identify students who may be falling behind in meeting some of these critical standards.

"Our teachers continue to find ways to ensure that all students have the best opportunities for success," Hanson said. "As we draw nearer to testing time, our instructional plan for the year is mostly complete, as well as our efforts to review material in preparation for the test."

Hanson said students need to be encouraged to do their very best on these assessments. He urged parents to do their best to ensure that students get the proper amount of sleep and a good breakfast to start the day to prepare for these exams.

"This is something that we need to emphasize each and every day, but it most certainly will assist our students in their preparedness to do the best that they can do," Hanson added.

The complete schedule for testing at each of Monett campus follows:

* Central Park Elementary: April 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19.

* Monett Intermediate: April 11, 12, 17, 18, 20, and 23.

* Monett Middle School: April 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20.

* Monett High School: April 30, May 1, 2, and 3

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