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Missouri gets $2.5 million federal grant to revise student assessments | Missouri

(The Center Square) – Missouri is one of 10 states receiving a total of $29 million from the U.S. Department of Education to develop assessments for students as they learn during the school year and at the end.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will receive $2.5 million for its Pathways for Instructionally Embedded (PIE) assessment project. The initiative will develop and evaluate prototype assessments on multiple measures of student achievement for approximately 1,500 fifth-grade students and their teachers.

“This grant provides DESE with the opportunity to accelerate our plans to overhaul the state assessment system,” DESE Commissioner Margie Vandeven said in a statement. “The PIE project will give us a chance to advance our goal of better seeing where and when students need more academic support to set themselves up for success.”

The project is designed for assessments given during teaching to provide timely data to teachers. If needed, teachers could intervene with students to address any learning gaps.

The Department of Education’s State Assessment Competitive Grant Program was created to encourage innovative testing methods to provide timely and meaningful results for educators, parents, and students. Programs focusing on multilingual learners and students with disabilities were prioritized for funding.

“With this improved data and the resources of the U.S. bailout, our school leaders have the resources to support the students who need it most, which is vital as our country recovers from the pandemic,” said said US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona in a statement. statement announcing the grants. “Ultimately, student assessment data should be focused on providing resources to students who need support the most, not labeling schools and teachers, especially as we recover. of a pandemic.”

from missouri statewide test scores, released earlier this month, showed students fell short of pre-pandemic proficiency levels on statewide testing, but showed improvement over the school year. 2020-21. DESE reported that students in distance or virtual learning experienced a greater impact of lost instructional time compared to students in a hybrid model or in-person learning.

DESE reported that students experienced a greater impact of wasted instructional time in math compared to English language arts. Fifth graders experienced a greater impact of lost instructional time compared to later grades.

Other states that received grants were Arkansas, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Montana, Nebraska and New York. Louisiana received two grants totaling more than $4 million for its Department of Education.

Funding for the 2020 project was approximately $13 million and awarded to five states – Nebraska, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Texas.