Parkway e-News Story

Parents: New State Exams to Count for Grades

Missouri is changing course when it comes to testing high school students. Effective this month, the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests will be discontinued at the high school level. Instead, students completing certain courses are now required to take a state exam that will count as 10 percent of their grades.

The new tests are called End-of-Course (EOC) exams. Between April 27 and May 4, 2009, students completing course work in Algebra I, English II and Biology will be required to take the EOC tests. This could include students in eighth grade who are completing Algebra I.

EOC tests will not replace final exams and although EOCs must be taken upon completion of course content, students will not have to pass the exams as a requirement for graduation.

There will be additional EOCs in coming years. The graduating class of 2013 will be the first group of students to take the full complement of eight tests, which will cover the subject areas of math, English, science, history and government. 

As in past years, students’ proficiency levels on the exams will be used to measure the district’s performance for state accreditation purposes and also for determining adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Therefore, it is very important for students to do their best on these tests, not only for their own grades but also for their school and district.

A letter is being sent to parents of all high school and eighth-grade students about the new testing plan. A variety of resources for parents can also be found on the Parkway assessment Web site.