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March 31, 2012

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MRH Elementary Students Prepare for State Testing

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”   - Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

At MRHE, Spring includes preparing for upcoming MAP tests. MAP stands for Measure of Academic Progress. Each year in April, Missouri schools are required to administer the MAP to grades 3 through 8, and Terra Nova to grade 2.

Why do we have MAP tests? While schools grade students, the state of Missouri grades schools. MAP scores are a big part of the rating schools receive. The higher the scores, the higher the rating for the school.  Students’ performance on the MAP test is categorized at one of four levels: Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, or Advanced.

For 2 days in early March, the entire building took part in our second annual Mock MAP/Terra Nova Experience. All students took practice tests while staff and students exercised test mode. “The purpose was for students to experience & practice what is expected of them during testing,” explained Katie Rengel, Assistant Principal. Teachers graded and reviewed the tests with classes the following week and took time to give good feedback to students on the quality of their answers. “Teachers debriefed with classes about the test-taking process in order to help students feel more prepared and at ease for the experience. We’ve had lots of positive feedback about last year's mock MAP.” Being proactive and looking for ways to streamline the process will make the school environment more stress-free and conducive to students doing well.

This year’s testing window is from April 4 to May 4 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.Not all students will be testing the entire time during the testing window, but the building as a whole will be in testing mode (quiet signs on doors, desks separated, posters with information covered, no phone calls/announcements into the classrooms etc.) Students will be extra diligent about getting to school on time and being physically and mentally prepared to do their best. There have been lots of reminders to not be tardy on testing days.  Students arriving after testing has started will need to go to the cafeteria & make up the test later in the day.

Parents can encourage their children to do their best by making sure they go to bed early and get at least 8 hours of sleep. Eating a healthy breakfast is advisable – as always MRH will be providing free breakfast to all students each morning. In addition, PTO will provide healthy snacks. Please consider not scheduling doctor appointments during MAP testing dates and take time to ask your child about testing at the end of each day.

“Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.”  - John Muir, The Wilderness World of John Muir

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.