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The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said Wednesday that two of the state's high school annual assessments, administered during the 2016-2017 school year are "unusable."

The results for the Algebra I and English II  exam, known as the end-of-course tests, won't factor into the 2017 school accountability measurements, and won’t be publicly reported.

The state is blaming the test maker, Questar Assessment, for making the results incomparable to the tests administered in the 2015-2016 school year.

Missouri’s MAP tests have added significance this year

Apr 24, 2017
Students from Jefferson Elementary School cheer for the Normandy school board Thursday night, Jan. 28, 2016
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It’s standardized test time for third-graders through eighth-graders in Missouri’s public schools.

For the first time in three years, Missouri’s standardized MAP tests, which must be completed by May 26, are in the same format and based on the same standards as the year before. The tests will change again next year to match state standards approved by legislators in 2016

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 17, 2012 - St. Louis Public Schools have reversed two of the three problems that led to their loss of accreditation from the state and are well on their way to conquering the last one: student achievement.

That was the message brought Tuesday to the State Board of Education meeting in Jefferson City by Superintendent Kelvin Adams and Rick Sullivan, head of the state-appointed Special Administrative Board that took over the city schools in 2007.

Commentary: Imagine Schools fail their students

Sep 20, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 20, 2011 - Simply put, a charter is a contract to improve student achievement. The Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) commends the charter public schools in the state who are honoring this contract and operating in the best interest of the students they serve. MCPSA is, however, deeply concerned by the performance trends being displayed by the cluster of charter public schools in St. Louis managed by Imagine Schools Inc. These schools are clearly not meeting acceptable standards of academic performance.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 19, 2011 - Missouri education officials say new measures of the state's school districts show fairly stable results, but the St. Louis area districts that have scored poorly in the past continue to lag behind.

According to preliminary data released Friday for the state's annual performance reports, the only two districts in Missouri that are unaccredited -- St. Louis and Riverview Gardens -- failed to meet any of the standards for scores on either the state's MAP tests or the end-or-course exams in English or math.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 4, 2011 - Missouri education officials have a positive take on the results of MAP tests taken by students earlier this year, but they are still chasing an elusive, lofty goal set by Washington that is now three years away.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 9, 2008 - Since opening their doors in 1999 in Kansas City and a few years later in St. Louis, charter schools have continued to claim a growing share of school-age children in these two cities. As of last fall, about 1 in every five students in each city had enrolled in charter schools, a trend cited by some as proof that charters are gaining acceptance and are producing better results than traditional public schools.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Following weeks of English and math drills, tens of thousands of public school students are sweating through another season of Missouri Assessment Program testing. The scores are supposed to help the public figure out, among other things, whether charter schools are as good an investment as traditional public schools.