DESE releases 2015 MAP testing results

1 year 8 months 1 week ago August 11, 2015 Aug 11, 2015 Tuesday, August 11 2015 Tuesday, August 11, 2015 12:03:00 PM CDT in News
By: James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test results Tuesday, the first set of results since major changes to the MAP testing system.

2015 MAP tests were taken entirely online for students in grades 3-8, according to DESE. The change, coupled with increased standards for Math and English testing, meant 2015 results could not accurately be compared to 2014 MAP results, according to the department.

In English language arts, 5th-graders tested the strongest, with 59.1 percent testing proficient or advanced. Under the old test standard last year, the same age group tested at just over 50 percent proficient or advanced in English language arts.

The strongest mathematics scores were among third graders. Fifty-two percent tested proficient of advanced. The percentage of students who tested proficient or advanced went down with every grade level for mathematics.

Eighth-graders tested the lowest in mathematics, with 28.3 percent performing in the proficient or advanced category, students enrolled in Algebra I were not included in that percentage. DESE said 20 percent of students take Algebra I before high school, and they were not included in the math results to avoid double-testing those students.

The only results that could be compared to 2014 MAP results were science test results for 5th and 8th graders. Both grades were down in the percentage of students who tested proficient or advanced compared to 2014.

Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven said, "These new standards raised the expectation for learning in Missouri. The results reflect the time our teachers put into preparing for this transition over the past several years, and their effort in providing effective instruction for students each day in our schools."

DESE officials based their expectations on a multi-state field test conducted using a sample of students in the spring of 2014. Missouri students performed better than results from the multi-state field test in every category except 8th grade math.

When asked during a news conference how DESE officials can know if improvements are being made if testing standards keep changing, Vandeven said, "I think what you're pointing to is the importance for ensuring that we have time to transition to new standards, and that's really what we did. We look at standards and then the tests measure what the revised standards include, and so with this particular assessment, districts have been transitioning now for five years."

Vandeven said the purpose of the standard revision was to ensure that state education standards were being accounted for.

"When this last revision was put into play, it was actually coming from business and colleges sat down and said 'how do we ensure that our kids are coming to us ready to be successful, college-ready, career-ready?'" She said. "We looked at those standards and back-mapped, what would a senior need to know all the way down to a kindergarten student and we put those Missouri learning standards in place."

Vandeven said it's possible yet another revision of testing standards could be on their way to comply with current legislation.

When asked how DESE could determine if the revisions were effective, given that expectations were based on a multi-state field test, Vandeven said, "Missouri came together to talk about what we wanted to represent in the Missouri learning standards."

"We'll be moving away from common CORE state standards with the revised standards that come forward in October, very focused to Missouri," Vandeven said. "There is a need for standardized results, there is also a great need for local control and local results, on decisions that are being made at the local level."

DESE officials said Monday they were very pleased with the results, which they said reflected improved access to "21st century learning tools."

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Audubon Society of Missouri (ASM) combined nature and technology with a new interactive bird sighting app. ... More >>
7 hours ago April 23, 2017 Apr 23, 2017 Sunday, April 23 2017 Sunday, April 23, 2017 7:02:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A routine inspection of the Missouri River bridge in Jefferson City will close down one lane Monday... More >>
9 hours ago April 23, 2017 Apr 23, 2017 Sunday, April 23 2017 Sunday, April 23, 2017 5:13:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Efforts by some Missouri legislators to make such discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation against... More >>
9 hours ago April 23, 2017 Apr 23, 2017 Sunday, April 23 2017 Sunday, April 23, 2017 4:56:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — The Missouri Department of Conservation is using new technology and smarter traps to improve its efforts to... More >>
10 hours ago April 23, 2017 Apr 23, 2017 Sunday, April 23 2017 Sunday, April 23, 2017 4:00:56 PM CDT in News
FULTON - An ordinance proposed in Callaway County could complicate potential confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) construction. It could make... More >>
10 hours ago April 23, 2017 Apr 23, 2017 Sunday, April 23 2017 Sunday, April 23, 2017 3:30:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — A dormitory association at the University of Missouri is pushing that a new residence hall on campus... More >>
10 hours ago April 23, 2017 Apr 23, 2017 Sunday, April 23 2017 Sunday, April 23, 2017 3:17:40 PM CDT in News
MARTINSBURG (AP) — An eastern Missouri family's dog has been impounded for disease monitoring after authorities said it mauled and... More >>
11 hours ago April 23, 2017 Apr 23, 2017 Sunday, April 23 2017 Sunday, April 23, 2017 3:02:58 PM CDT in News
FULTON – A search party assembled at Memorial Park at 10:30 a.m. to continue the search for 31-year-old Carl DeBrodie.... More >>
11 hours ago April 23, 2017 Apr 23, 2017 Sunday, April 23 2017 Sunday, April 23, 2017 2:53:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Police have arrested the Kansas man charged with killing the sister of a girl whose... More >>
15 hours ago April 23, 2017 Apr 23, 2017 Sunday, April 23 2017 Sunday, April 23, 2017 11:02:51 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Party For A Purpose mixed the socialization of a party with conversation on mental health and suicide prevention.... More >>
1 day ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 11:36:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The Islamic School of Columbia-Missouri invited the community to help them promote international togetherness on Saturday. The school... More >>
1 day ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 11:05:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Future veterinary students flocked to MU campus Saturday to learn about what the College of Veterinary Medicine has... More >>
1 day ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 7:22:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — A team of veterinary oncologists at the MU Veterinary Health Center is looking for dogs with cancer to... More >>
1 day ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 6:35:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Saturday is Earth Day and the City of Columbia has a series of recommendations on how to save... More >>
1 day ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 6:32:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Three thousand yellow rubber ducks filled the grounds of Columbia’s Central Missouri Humane Society to raise money... More >>
1 day ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 4:30:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY — With House Bill 130 set to become law, Gov. Eric Greitens will smooth potholes to expansion for... More >>
1 day ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 2:58:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Hundreds gathered in a downtown Kansas City, Missouri, park on Earth Day in support of calls... More >>
1 day ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 2:06:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON — The Ryan's Case for Smiles mid-Missouri chapter got together on Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Fulton to... More >>
1 day ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 1:26:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 50°
3am 49°
4am 48°
5am 46°
6am 45°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

2:03a
Meet the Press
3:00a
Paid Program
3:30a
Paid Program
2:00a
Paid Program
2:30a
Paid Program
3:00a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:01p
Taken
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Jane the Virgin
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld