MO Board of Education Considers New High School Test

1 decade 6 months 1 week ago March 16, 2006 Mar 16, 2006 Thursday, March 16 2006 Thursday, March 16, 2006 4:39:04 PM CST in News

The State Board of Education is considering a new assessment test for high school juniors.

Theresa McClellan is a guidance counselor at Jefferson City High School. She says it's hard to persuade students to take such a test seriously.

"Some of our students choose to perform well on the MAP," she said, "but there is really not a personal benefit for them on the high-school level."

That's one reason the state board is considering replacing the Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP, with a college entrance exam which would emphasize skills for all students, not just those heading for college.

"That's not the sole purpose, to prepare kids for college," said Stan Johnson of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. "We want all kids to have college-like skills."

He added, "We found that the ACT is very well aligned with the math standards and the communication arts."

Now, students who take the ACT pay $29 each. But, the proposal calls for the state to pay the $1.5 million MAP tab.

McClellan hopes that extra expense pays off in higher test scores.

"Hopefully, it will mean something to them," she said. "It will encourage them to do well; it's a great opportunity."

The Board of Education will hold seven town hall meetings across the state on the high school assessment test. Mid-Missouri's meeting takes place at 9:00 a.m. on April 12 in the Macon Middle School auditorium.

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