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State Testing Information for Mississippi

Portions of the following material were taken from the Mississippi Department of Education website. Please see our links and source sections at the bottom of the page for more details and references.

General Description of the Tests

Mississippi Curriculum Test, Second Edition (MCT2)

  • Grades: 3-8
  • Subjects: Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics
  • Allows Mississippi to be in compliance with the requirements of the federal legislation No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
  • The results of these assessments will be used in the Mississippi Statewide Accountability System, specifically the Achievement, Growth, and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Models. The results will also provide information that will be used for the purpose of improving instruction and accelerating student achievement.


Writing Assessment

  • Grades: 4, 7, 10
  • Asks that a student respond with a response to an expository prompt or to a position paper prompt


Elementary/Middle Grades Science Assessments

  • Grades: 5, 8
  • Fully customized criterion-referenced tests that allow Mississippi to be in full compliance with the requirements of the federal legislation No Child Left Behind
  • The results of these assessments will provide information that will be used for the purpose of improving student achievement; the results may also be used in Mississippi’s school accountability system.


Subject Area Testing Program (SATP)

  • Grade: 9
  • Four academic, end-of-course tests: Algebra I, Biology I, English II, and U.S. History from 1877
  • Students have been required to pass the subject area test(s) as a requirement for graduation.


Mississippi Alternate Assessment of Extended Curriculum Frameworks (MAAECF)

  • Developed specifically for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities


National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

  • Grades: 4, 8, 12
  • Subjects: Reading, Mathematics, U.S. History, Geography, Civics, Science


Mississippi Math Assessment Tool of Benchmark Understanding (MATH-U)

  • Grades: K-2
  • Assesses the five strands of mathematics: Patterns/Algebraic Thinking, Data Analysis/Prediction, Measurement, Geometric Concepts, and Number Sense
  • Observational and informal assessment made up of child-centered, teacher-driven activities
  • Given as a pre-test, it is used to provide critical decision-making information for the teacher and to prescribe interventions for students.
  • Given as a post-test, it is used to monitor the effectiveness of instruction.
  • The Mississippi Department of Education provides MATH-U to all public school districts. The assessment is not a standardized, large group assessment and is not linked to the district or school level accreditation.



Test Descriptions

Mississippi Curriculum Test, Second Edition (MCT2)

  • Language Arts - based upon the following competencies:

  • - Vocabulary - students will use word recognition and vocabulary (word meaning) skills to communicate.
    - Reading - students will apply strategies and skills to comprehend, respond to, interpret, or evaluate a variety of texts of increasing length, difficulty, and complexity.
    - Writing - students will express, communicate, evaluate, or exchange ideas effectively.
    - Grammar - students will apply Standard English to communicate.

  • Mathematics - based upon the following competencies:

  • - Grades 3-7 measures students' knowledge of and skill level in general mathematics
    - Grade 8 measures students' knowledge of and skill level in Pre-Algebra
    - Numbers and Operations - analyze relationships among numbers and the four basic operations; compute fluently and make reasonable estimates
    - Algebra - explain, analyze, and generate patterns, relationships, and functions using algebraic symbols, demonstrate an understanding of the properties of the basic operations, and analyze change in various contexts
    - Geometry - develop mathematical arguments about geometric relationships and describe spatial relationships using coordinate geometry
    - Measurement - develop concepts and apply appropriate tools and techniques to determine units of measure
    - Data Analysis and Probability - formulate questions that can be addressed with data and select and use appropriate statistical methods to analyze data; apply basic concepts of probability


Subject Area Testing Program (SATP)

  • Algebra I Subject Area Test

  • - Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis and Probability
    - Measures a student’s knowledge of and skill level in applied algebra
    - Sixty-five multiple-choice items
    - Many items contain charts, graphs, or diagrams that the student will use to determine the correct answer.

  • Biology I Subject Area Test

  • - Chemical Basis of Life, The Cell, Genetics and the Molecular Basis of Heredity, Natural Selection and Diversity, Ecology, Nature of Science
    - Measures a student’s knowledge of basic biological concepts, the use of science skills, and the application of biology to real-world problem solving and decision making
    - Students will interpret data, apply concepts, draw conclusions, and explain their own ideas.
    - 89 multiple-choice items which may include charts, diagrams, or graphs

  • English II Subject Area Test

  • - Measures knowledge of language arts, reading comprehension, and effective writing skills
    - Consists of two separately administered tests: English II Multiple-Choice and English II Writing

  • U.S. History from 1877 Subject Area Test

  • - International Relations, Domestic Affairs, Geography, Economics, Civics
    - Measures not only important historical knowledge, but also real-world skills by having students read and interpret statistical data, maps, charts, and tables
    - 89 multiple-choice questions
    - Some of the multiple-choice questions include a chart, map, or other stimulus that must be interpreted accurately in order to answer the questions correctly.


Writing Assessment

  • Position Paper

  • - Take a position on the issue addressed in the prompt and present carefully considered support to establish and defend the writer's position
    - The writing uses specific facts, personal experience, and/or knowledge to support the writer's position.
    - Unlike a persuasive response, the position paper does not attempt to convince the reader to believe in or act upon what the writer is saying; rather, the writer's goal is for the reader to understand completely why the writer has taken the position.

Elementary/Middle Grades Science Assessments

  • All test questions are multiple-choice.
  • The Mississippi Science Test for Elementary Grades covers curricula taught in grades 3–5.
  • The Mississippi Science Test for Middle Grades covers curricula taught in grades 6–8.
  • Purposes of the Mississippi Science Test

  • - Grades
    - Familiarity with science concepts
    - Familiarity with science procedures
    - Ability to understand new science findings
    - Performance on a standardized test



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  • January 24, 2013


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