Missouri releases statewide assessment results

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JEFFERSON CITY - The new assessments in mathematics, English and social studies in the 2017-18 school year were challenging, which resulted in a majority of students in Missouri ranked as "basic."

"Due to changes in learning standards, completely new assessments in English language arts and math were administered in 2017-18; therefore, it is important to note that the 2017-18 results are not comparable with results from previous tests in those subjects," a news release from The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, said. 

The goal of the change is to raise expectations for students, and when developing the new assessments, teachers contributed, according to the news release.

"A field test was given during the 2017-18 school year for science, so schools did not receive official MAP scores, nor was science reflected in calculations for the 2017-18 APR scores. New science assessments will be administered during the 2018-19 school year," the release said. 

With all of these changes to the new assessments, locally, Columbia Public Schools scored as the lowest in Boone county districts. Despite the the low score, Columbia spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark was pleased. 

Baumstark said the numbers were improved from recent years, while taking caution to compare the old assessments versus the new assessments. She said it was certainly something to celebrate. 

Baumstark also took mention to how long it takes to get back test scores and ensures that the schools take their own initiative to prepare students for future assessments. 

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