2021 MAP Testing Information
This is the time of year where our students get to show what they’ve learned on the annual Missouri Assessment Program (or MAP) tests! As this school year has been a unique one, our MAP testing will take on a different look as well. Please read the following information carefully.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is requiring all students (in-person and virtual) in grades 3-12 to take the MAP test/End of Course exams in school buildings.
To accommodate the DESE requirement, we have designed a special testing schedule for both in-person and online/virtual students.
All in-person students will test in school buildings May 3-7, 2021.
Virtual students will test over three weeks on-site, on designated days at designated times, depending on the grade level and school. (See chart below.)
We’re looking for 100% participation and can’t wait to see all of our students in-person to test!
Dress Code: Students will not be required to wear uniforms during MAP testing.
Chromebooks: Students will need to bring their fully charged Chromebooks to school during MAP testing.
Transportation: Normandy will provide transportation for all students on the day of tests. Bus stop/drop-off information will be shared with parents soon.
Snacks/Meals: The district will also provide two snacks and dinner on testing days. If a student does not finish the test in time for dinner, a meal will be sent home with the student.
21st Century After-School Activities: If students finish their testing before the allotted time, they can participate in activities with the 21st Century After-School program. The activities are available at each school.
COVID-19 Precautions: We will have masks and hand sanitizer available at each school for students. We will also observe social distancing protocols to ensure students are safe while in buildings.
No Early Dismissals/Late Starts for May: Due to the testing schedule, there will be no early dismissals on Fridays for EleMiddle or Early Learning Center students. Also, there will be no late starts for high school students.
For more information on EOC Exams (high school), please visit: https://www.normandysc.org/domain/330
MAP Testing Tips
Every year, students take the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) testing to determine how much they've learned. Here are some tips to help your child perform at his or her best!
On the Day of the Test:
Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.
Many teachers report that students who don't perform well on tests haven't gotten enough sleep, and haven't eaten breakfast on the morning of the test. Doing both of these things will ensure that your child is working at full capacity.
Before the Test:
Many teachers will send information home about testing schedules and class preparation plans. Information that you should know includes:
- What is the test and what will it measure?
- Will the test results affect your child, school, or both?
- Are there ways that you can help your child prepare for the test?
Make sure your child is prepared
- Some schools may supply the tools your child needs for the test, such as pencils, an eraser, paper, and a calculator. Others may require the students to bring those materials themselves.
- Check with your child's teacher to see if you need to provide your child with any of these materials.
- Check to see whether your child will be able to make up the test if they are sick on test day.
On a Daily Basis:
- Assist your child with homework and ensuring that your child is completing all homework assignments
- Help your child to develop good study habits, thinking skills, and a positive attitude towards education from an early age
- Ensure that your child has good attendance at school
- Stay in communication with your child's teacher
- Encourage your child to read as much as possible to increase your child’s vocabulary - even reading magazines, newspapers, and comic books regularly will help improve their reading skills
- Look for educational games and programs that engage your child
- Helping your child learn how to follow directions
As you help your child do their best on the tests, remind your child that testing is just one part of their education. With your support and involvement, your child will be well on their way to a bright future.