MAP Tests Without Writing

8 years 1 week 1 day ago Thursday, October 07 2010 Oct 7, 2010 Thursday, October 07, 2010 6:40:33 PM CDT October 07, 2010 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- The state is suspending the writing portions of both MAP tests and course evaluation tests. The suspension is due to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education making budget cuts to save the state money.

The change will be in effect for the next two years and save the state roughly 2.6 million dollars. It effects students in grades three through eight as well as high school students taking course evaluation tests. MAP language arts tests will now be multiple choice only.

Todd Fuller, from the Missouri State Teachers Association has unanswered questions about the change. He said, "For instance how does this effect the length of the test? Because obviously it's gonna be shorter. How is this going to effect the grading system that takes place from year to year?"

Third grade teacher Leigh Dunlap from Lawson Elementary thinks her students will be excited. "The test will not take as long. Normally we spread it out about four days.. but it'll probably take less time to do it. The students will enjoy that I'm sure."

Michele Clark of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said the written portion will be back in the tests within the next couple of years. Clark said "We have 70,000 students in every grade level around the state."

Dunlap said that she and other teachers alike will continue teaching in their classrooms as normal.  She said, "I'm indifferent about it. When it's there it's there, when it's not it's not."

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