There has been a massive shift in how young students in the state of Missouri will be taking their standardized tests. Implemented by MAP (Missouri Assessment Program), the new process for children will replace “filling in the bubble” and No. 2 pencils with a computerized test. There is a concern that the new click-through digital approach to decades-old standards will interfere with student’s test scores. With so many changes happening in the way of state testing just in the last year, technical glitches are not the only threat to the increase in the number of students that don’t pass.
The silver lining in this shift is that the Missouri legislature has given schools at risk of a drop in accreditation a “hall pass” this coming year due to the potential level of inconsistencies that this new process could provide.
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