Missouri Assessment Program (MAP-GLA)

  • Overview/Purpose

    • As part of the state assessment plan, end-of-grade summative assessments provide information regarding student attainment of Missouri Learning Standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.
    • Approximately 3 hours (grades 3, 4, 6, 7) and approximately 7-8 hours (grades 5 and 8)


    • Grades 3, 4, 6, 7 (English Language Arts and Mathematics)
    • Grades 5 & 8 (English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)

    What to expect

    • For all grade levels (3 through 8), the MAP Grade-Level Assessments in ELA and Mathematics include multiple item types.  
    • Selected-response items (also known as multiple-choice) present students with a question followed by three or more response options.  
    • Short-text items require a student to type an appropriate response.  
    • Technology-enhanced items use innovative technology to allow students to demonstrate their knowledge in ways that are not possible using paper/pencil assessments.

    How can I help my child succeed on these tests?

    • Attend - Make sure your child is in school on the testing dates.
    • Rest - Have your child get a good night's sleep.
    • Good Nutrition - Give your child a healthy breakfast to start the day.
    • Some children sail through test-taking without much concern. For many children, test-taking, especially state and national standardized tests, can create anxiety. Here are some tips for parents that can help your child feel more confident about tests throughout the school years.

    What should I tell my child about the MAP?

    • Try - Do your best.  Some of the questions may seem hard, but keep trying and don't give up.
    • Listen - Listen to or carefully read the testing directions.  If you don't understand, ask the teacher to explain it.
    • Show - Help your child understand that the MAP provides the chance to show what he or she knows about a subject.
    • Relax - Reassure your child. Children who are calm and sure of themselves do better.


    Learn more about MAP GLA 


    What about the MAP EOC assessments?

    • Students (grades 6-12) in Missouri take MAP assessments in the following courses:
      • Algebra I
      • Biology
      • English II
      • U.S. Government assessments
    • These tests are not specific to any grade level, but rather to course content.