Results of the annual Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP tests, have been released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). And, Assistant Commissioner for the Division of School Improvement Stan Johnson reports big gains have been made in proficiency in mathematics and communication arts at the middle school level from 2007 to 2008.

There is cause for concern at the elementary school level where scores in grades 3, 4, and 5 do not reflect the growth that was hoped for. In fact, there was actually a decline. Johnson says there is a mixed bag of results at the high school level with some good news in mathematics and some not so good news with communication arts results.

These are the last MAP results at the high school level. There will not be a MAP test administered in the next school in math and communication arts at the high school level. It will be replaced by end of course exams. Grades 3 through 8 will still administer those MAP tests.

MAP district and building information is available at the Department’s website –

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