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Frequently asked questions - Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP)

This page answers frequently asked questions about Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) by Teachers, Parents and Students

What is the assessment conducted at the end of the year in Mississippi State called?
What was the earlier assessment conducted before the introduction of Mississippi MAAP?
Why did Mississippi adopt the College and Career Readiness Standards (MCCRS) for assessment of grades K-12?
When did Mississippi incorporate MAAP as a form of the end of the year assessment?
What is the Mississippi MAAP testing window for 2017-18?
How many sessions are there for each Mississippi MAAP test?
What is the duration of Mississippi MAAP test?
Is there any break in between the Mississippi MAAP test sessions?
What are the question types in Mississippi MAAP test?
How are the performance levels assessed in Mississippi MAAP?
What is the calculator policy for Mississippi MAAP test?
How will StepUp® help my child prepare for Mississippi MAAP test?
What are the resources available to help prepare my child for Mississippi MAAP Test?

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What is the assessment conducted at the end of the year in Mississippi State called?

The assessment conducted at the end of the year in Mississippi State is called Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP)

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What was the earlier assessment conducted before the introduction of Mississippi MAAP?

Before MAAP test was introduced, Mississippi had PARCC assessments. MAAP was introduced in the year 2015-16.

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Why did Mississippi adopt the College and Career Readiness Standards (MCCRS) for assessment of grades K-12?

Mississippi State adopted the College-and Career Ready Standards (MCCRS) as the method of assessment for grade K-12

(a) As it provides better clarity on what the students are expected to learn. This makes it easier for Teachers and Parents to know what they should do to help the students learn.

(b) The standards have been benchmarked internationally with the best-performing nations in the world for Curriculum and assessments with the focus on the development of critical thinking, teamwork and problem-solving skills of students.

(c) The standards are aligned to make the students ready for college and career.
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When did Mississippi incorporate MAAP as a form of the end of the year assessment?

MAAP assessment tests started in the year 2015-16.
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What is the Mississippi MAAP testing window for 2017-18?

The test window for Mississippi MAAP for the year 2017-18 is
27th November to 15th December 2017 and

Spring session will be
16th April to 18th May 2018

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How many sessions are there for each Mississippi MAAP test?

There are 2 Sessions in Mississippi MAAP Test. The details of which are as below.

For Mississippi MAAP ELA Test, the details are as below:

For Grade 3 to 5:
ELA :
Session 1 consisting of 40 questions for 123 minutes with a mid way break of 10 minutes
Session 2 consisting of a performance task for 100 minutes
Math:
Session 1 consisting of 40 questions for 137 minutes with a mid way break of 10 minutes
Session 2 consisting of a performance task for 80 minutes

For Grade 6 to 8:
ELA :
Session 1 consisting of 40 questions for 148 minutes with a mid way break of 10 minutes
Session 2 consisting of a performance task for 100 minutes
Math:
Session 1 consisting of 40 questions for 167 minutes with a mid way break of 10 minutes
Session 2 consisting of a performance task for 100 minutes
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What is the duration of Mississippi MAAP test?

The duration of the Mississippi MAAP test is as follows:

For Grade 3 to 5:
ELA :
Session 1 consisting of 40 questions for 123 minutes with a mid way break of 10 minutes
Session 2 consisting of a performance task for 100 minutes
Math:
Session 1 consisting of 40 questions for 137 minutes with a mid way break of 10 minutes
Session 2 consisting of a performance task for 80 minutes

For Grade 6 to 8:
ELA :
Session 1 consisting of 40 questions for 148 minutes with a mid way break of 10 minutes
Session 2 consisting of a performance task for 100 minutes
Math:
Session 1 consisting of 40 questions for 167 minutes with a mid way break of 10 minutes
Session 2 consisting of a performance task for 100 minutes
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Is there any break in between the Mississippi MAAP test sessions?

Yes, breaks exist during the Mississippi MAAP test to help students stretch. The details of the breaks are as follows:

For Mississippi MAAP ELA test, the details are given below:

For Grade 3-5 After 62 minutes
For Grade 6-8 After 74 minutes

For Mississippi MAAP Math test, the details are as below:

for Grade 3-5 After 68 minutes
For Grade 6-8 After 84 minutes

During online testing, schools may allow students to take a ten-minute break
halfway through the testing time. The break need not divide the test into sessions or divide the test material in any fashion. The break is a suggestion to allow students time to stretch during testing time.
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What are the question types in Mississippi MAAP test?

The question types in Mississippi MAAP Test include

Open ended items
Close ended items
Performance tests

For Mississippi MAAP ELA Tests,

Close-ended items include

  • Multi-choice static (MC)
  • Multi-choice dynamic (MCD) – Uses drag and drop into boxes
  • Multi choice multi select (MCMS)
  • Open-ended items include

  • Multi select table (MST),
  • Select Text (ST),
  • Drag & drop (DD),
  • Matching (M),
  • Two part (2P)
  • Performance Task:
    The Performance Task for English Language Arts is a written response to a
    writing prompt. The Students will read a text and respond to a prompt using
    evidence from the text. The extended responses will be human scored using a
    rubric. The rubric is comprised of three categories: Development of Ideas,
    Organization, and Language, Usage, and Conventions. The Performance Tasks
    are worth 12 points total.

    For Mississippi MAAP Math Tests,

    Close-ended items include

  • Multi-choice static (MC)
  • Multi-choice dynamic (MCD) – Uses drag and drop into boxes
  • Multi choice multi select (MCMS)
  • Graphing- Line graphs (GL)
  • Graphing – Bar Graphs (GB)
  • Open-ended items include

  • Multi select table (MST),
  • Select Text (ST),
  • Drag & drop (DD),
  • Matching (M),
  • Two part (2P)
  • Performance Task:
    The Mathematics, Grades 3-8 End of Course performance task tests students
    knowledge, precision, interpretation skills, conceptual understanding which can
    be measured and related to creating, analyzing and using functions to real world
    phenomena. The Performance task will include graphic display and series of
    written arguments that will measure the student’s proficiency level from the
    Mathematics, Grades 3-8 content standards.
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    How are the performance levels assessed in Mississippi MAAP?

    The performance levels for Mississippi MAAP are:

  • Minimal
  • Basic
  • Proficient
  • Advanced
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    What is the calculator policy for Mississippi MAAP test?

    The calculator policy for Mississippi MAAP test is as follows:

    Grade 3 – 5 : No Calculators allowed
    Grades 6 and 7: Four-function calculators with square root and percentage functions
    Grade 8: Scientific calculators

    Also,

    • Students will need to bring a hand-held scientific or graphing calculator. Only a four function calculator will be provided online during testing.
    • Calculators with a Computer Algebra System (CAS) feature are not allowed.
    • Tablets, laptops (or PDAs), or phone-based calculators are not allowed during the Mississippi MAP assessments.
    • Students are not allowed to share calculators during the testing session.
    • Calculators with “QWERTY” keyboards are also not permitted.

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    How will StepUp® help my child prepare for Mississippi MAAP test?

    The Lumos StepUp® provides
    (a) Online access to TWO Full-length Mississippi MAAP Practice Tests .
    (b) Workbooks to practice 30+ Math and 40+ ELA skills.
    (c) Access to parent and student portals.
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    (e) Easy-to-use, advanced and real-time reports to help you identify areas of weakness and tailor personalized learning plans for your student.
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    What are the resources available to help prepare my child for Mississippi MAP Test?

    In addition to the Lumos StepUp® program benefits, you can also access sample
    questions on Lumos Learning site by clicking the button below:

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    Further, you can get more information about Mississippi MAAP tests and iew sample papers at

    http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/OSA/MAP

    http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/OSA/MAP/parent-resources
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