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Parent Tips for Student Success on State Tests

MAP Testing

Ritenour students in grades three through eight will be taking the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests April 29 - May 21, 2019. High school students will be taking End-of-Course (EOC) exams April 29-May 17. While teachers have been working with students throughout the year to prepare them to do well, the district offers tips that parents can follow to help their children prepare to do their best.

Students in grades three through eight are taking tests in English language arts and math. Fifth- and eighth-graders also will take assessments in science. EOC exams for high school students are in algebra I, English II, biology and government. These tests are used to gauge how well Ritenour students meet standards established by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

As in previous years, students will take these tests on a computer. This change in format in recent times allows more flexibility in when and how students will take the test, as well as allows for a quicker return of assessment results. 

Parents can help ease test anxiety and help their children be prepared for the upcoming state tests by:

  • Avoiding doctor appointments and other absences during this time period.
  • Arriving at school on time each day; testing usually begins immediately after class starts.
  • Providing a nutritious breakfast or encouraging your child to eat a school breakfast.
  • Encouraging reasonable bedtimes to ensure a proper night’s sleep.
  • Expressing confidence in and encouraging him/her to do his/her best.

  • Giving plenty of hugs and support!

Thank you for partnering with us to help Ritenour students do their best on these important exams!