- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- Cape Chinese restaurant purchases old Ponderosa property in Perryville (10/10/17)
- One of Cape's oldest mom-and-pop restaurants opens in new location (10/10/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- Ships to stay docked in Cape a week longer (10/10/17)
- Janet Koenig creates painted quilts to add flair to local barns (10/13/17)
ACT or MAP?
The Missouri Board of Education is playing with the idea of using a national college entrance exam like the ACT instead of the MAP tests currently in use. The ACT, already taken by 70 percent of high school students, is administered during the junior year.
Proponents of the change argue that students face no repercussions for poor performances on the MAP tests, since the penalties for poor MAP tests primarily are assessed against the schools. Individual results are not recorded. But performing poorly on the ACT could jeopardize students' choices of colleges. Proponents of the change also hope that requiring students to take the ACT would inspire more to go to college.
We applaud the board's desire to make students more accountable for learning and to encourage more high school students to go on to college, but waiting until the 11th grade to do so would be much too late. MAP tests are given beginning in the third grade. We think finding a way to make individual students accountable for their MAP test scores throughout their learning years would make more sense.