Mtn. View-Birch Tree: MAP and EOC information for parents

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Posted: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 6:00 am

Students at Mountain View Birch Tree R-III School District are getting an early start at preparing for the end of the year state assessments.  Multiple opportunities are being discussed and modeled to practice online tools and how to use them effectively.   By working through the practice tests, students will feel more confident and will be well-practiced by the time testing starts.  The practice tests are beneficial in preparing students for online testing, integrating keyboarding practice, testing format and what types of questions/answers to expect along with taking away any confusion about online testing.

What is the MAP Test?

MAP stands for Missouri Assessment Program.  It is a series of assessments for English  language arts, mathematics, and science at grades 3-8.  The Grade-Level assessments are made  up of multiple-choice and machine-scored items, as well as “constructed response” items.   Constructed response items require students to supple (rather than select) an appropriate  response. 

Grades 3, 4, 6, 7:  English Language Arts, Mathematics

Grades 5, 8:  English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science

What is the EOC Test

 EOC stands for End-of-Course.  English II, Algebra I, U.S. Government, Biology, Personal  Finance are required tests for high school graduation.  Students who take the Algebra I test before high school must take the Algebra II test during high school.

9 Tips for Parents:

Tip #1:  Read, Read, Read! 

Reading takes skill and practice.  One of the best and simplest steps to improve children’s reading   ability is to provide sustained periods of time to read.

Tip #2:  Help your child read like a writer. 

Even in the early grades, children can begin to “get into the head” of the author.   Reading improves a child’s writing, and writing improves a child’s reading.

Tip #3:  Read a variety of books and magazines. 

MAP English language arts tests contain short stories, poems, dialogue, magazine articles, charts and tables.  Children need to be able to read a wide variety of texts ranging from road signs to restaurant menus, comic books to classics, and from tennis shoe ads to computer manuals.

Tip #4:  Build your child’s reading stamina. 

To build reading stamina, you may wish to encourage your child to increase gradually the amount of time she/he reads at one sitting.  Include short breaks, such as stretching or closing her/his eyes for a minute.  Set individual reading goals based upon doing her/his best.

Tip #5:  Teach your child that visuals are part of the text.

Students are often required to gather information from photos, captions, drawings, charts, and graphs.  You can help by teaching your child to look at all of these materials as part of the total text.

Tip #6:  Help your child know how to use text-based support in written responses. Most of the constructed-response items on the MAP assessments have two parts or require children to explain or show how they arrived at their answers.  Children will receive on partial credit for answers to questions that are not supported with specific details or that do not contain an explanation.

Tip #7:  Help your child to identify all parts of a question.

Teach your child to identify exactly what each question is asking.  Some questions have multiple parts, which are often combined into a single sentence with a single question mark at the end. The child should underline each question word (who, what, when, where, why, how and any other word or phrase that indicates a question).  By doing so, she/he can see if a question has multiple parts.  Not answering all parts of a multi-part question is a common error.

Tip #8:  Teach your child to paraphrase test items, turning questions into statements.

Teach your child to turn questions into statements.  The child may underline the question words as described above, and then turn each part of the item into a statement.   For example, the question, “Why did the main character play with the ball?”  could be rephrased as “The main character played with the ball because…”  This practice allows the child to phrase the question in a way that makes the most sense to him.  He is then ready to read the passage and look for answers.

Tip #9:  What can a parent or guardian do to help on test day?

• Be aware of the testing scheduled.

• Be certain that your child has had adequate rest (this may mean getting them used to an earlier bed time before the week of testing).

• Be on time for school.

• Avoid scheduling appointments that can be made at a later date.

• Dress your child in layered clothing.  This way, the child may add clothing to get warmer or remove some clothing to be cooler.

• If your school allows it, make sure your child has a book to read when the testing session is complete.

• Have a positive attitude about testing.

*Adapted from the Practical Parenting Partnerships by Laura Schwab and the MAP Class 6 Team.  Missouri Department of Elementary

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