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Parent Tips for Student Success on State Tests

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Ritenour students in grades three through eight will be taking the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests April 29-May 17, 2024. High school students and some eighth-graders (in Algebra 1) will be taking End-of-Course (EOC) exams during this same time frame. Specific schedules are available by calling your child’s school. While teachers have been working with students throughout the year to prepare them to do well, the district offers tips that parents can follow to help their children prepare to do their best.

Learn additional MAP testing information and tips from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Students in grades three through eight are taking tests in English language arts and math. Fifth- and eighth-graders also will take assessments in science. EOC exams for high school students are in Algebra, English II, biology and government. These tests are used to gauge how well Ritenour students meet standards established by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

As in previous years, students will take these tests on a computer. 

Parents can help ease test anxiety and help their children be prepared for the upcoming state tests by:

  • Avoiding doctor appointments and other absences during this testing window.
  • Arriving at school on time each day; testing usually begins immediately after class starts.
  • Providing a nutritious breakfast or encouraging your child to eat a school breakfast.
  • Encouraging reasonable bedtimes to ensure a proper night’s sleep.
  • Expressing confidence in and encouraging him/her to do his/her best.
  • Giving plenty of hugs and support!

Thank you for partnering with us to help Ritenour students do their best on these important exams!