Missouri students scored higher in many categories of the new 2015 statewide tests than scores from 2014.
The statewide average were released Tuesday by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
Overall nearly 60% of the students in grades 3-8 (59.7%) scored in the proficient or advanced categories.
45.2% in mathematics.
56.7% in science.
63.4% in social studies.
Educators, however, cautioned against making comparisons to previous tests. That’s because the 2015 MAP test used new, different standards and assessments in many categories.
One of the biggest differences was how the test was taken.
For the first time, students in grades 3 through 8 took the test by computer rather than using the traditional pencil and paper test taking methods.
Scores of individual districts will be released next week.
lDESE says no district will lose its classification if it scored poorly in this brand new test. Some schools, however, could see rankings improved with an increase in scores.
Both the Kansas City, Missouri and Hickman Mills district in the Kansas City area, on provisional accreditation because of low test scores in the past.