Dear Parents and/or Guardians:
In April and May, Scotland County R-1 will be administering state assessments. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires that all students in grades 3 - 8 take Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Communication Arts (grades 3 - 8), Mathematics (grades 3 - 8), and Science (grades 5 and 8) test. Numerous students taking secondary level courses will be assessed through End-Of-Course Assessments (EOC). The 2012-2013 EOC Assessments include eight tests: English I, English II, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Biology, American History, and Government. Only those students who have fulfilled all the course requirements will be assessed.
As indicated by DESE, the intent of the test is to measure student achievement and progress, to identify strengths and weaknesses, to meet state and national accountability requirements, and to evaluate programs. All MAP and EOC tests results are a factor in each district's accreditation status. In addition, the EOC exams will replace our district's final exams in the corresponding courses. The Scotland county R-1 School Board has determined that the EOC assessments will represent 10% of the SCR-1 students' grades.
Parent(s) or guardian(s) of students taking MAP and EOC assessments are asked to discuss with your child or children the importance of doing well on the exams. At the secondary level, if a student's current course grade is a marginally passing grade, the End-of-Course assessment score could determine if the student will pass or fail. (Please note that students who are not passing their courses at the time of the EOC assessments will not take the tests this spring.) All 9 - 12 students must take EOC assessments at the conclusion of the semesters that they successfully complete their courses' requirements regardless of their graduation status.
Testing calendars indicating approximate testing dates are available on the website or can be obtained from district offices or classroom teachers. Please reschedule any appointments or trips in order that your child does not miss the required assessments. Each test must be completed in our district during a specific time frame so your help in this matter is appreciated.
If you have any questions concerning these assessments, please contact your building principal or district testing coordinator.
Dave Shalley, Superintendent
Ryan Bergeson, High School Principal
Nathan Pippert, Elementary Principal
Julie Wickert, District Testing Coordinator