Teachers Score This Summer
Teachers spent the day scoring the Missouri Assessment Program tests from a couple of months ago. Nick Kremer just wrapped up his first year as a teacher and he sees the MAP test grading process as a great way to prepare for his second year.
"This is the summer where I'm kind of rethinking what I did last year anyway, so, it helps out," Kremer said.
Summer usually means vacation for teachers, but that's not the case for this group. Missouri is one of the few states where teachers help grade assessment tests.
"I think the fact that the Missouri Assessment Program involves so many teachers is an important thing to say, because most states don't do that. It's expensive, it takes time, it requires facilities," Dr. Sharon Hoge, Communication Arts Consultant, said.
There's also something unique about teachers in charge of grading the communication section. Out of the 27 teachers grading, five are male, and that's actually more than usual.
"That's probably because there aren't so many male English teachers," Mark Conway said.
The time-consuming process can be seen as a great tool for teaching.
"This is really my first experience with the MAP test, so I figured, what better way to learn to teach to it than to see actually how it's created and the ins and outs of it," Kremer said.
A learning process that will move from the grading room to the classroom in the fall. The teachers went through a two-day training process prior to grading. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education expects MAP test results by the end of August.