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Standardized Test Prep in Mississippi

Standardized Test Prep in Mississippi
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As children advance through school, or even home education, many families look for ways to measure their progress. Standardized tests help locate and measure your children’s strengths and weaknesses.

Once you discover what subjects your children thrive in and where they struggle, you can address the issues. There are skill building practices and products that will aid you along the way, and help improve your children’s overall education and testing results.

If you live in Mississippi and are interested in learning more about Mississippi standardized tests you’ve come to the right place. The following information will help you discover what tests are offered in Mississippi and how you can start your Mississippi test prep.

What State Tests Are Available in Mississippi?

Starting in third grade, public school students in Mississippi are required to take standardized assessments in literacy and mathematics to fulfill the requirements of state and federal law. The tests fall into three categories:  the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP), the Subject Area Testing Program (SATP), and the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program-Alternate (MAAP-A).

Here’s some additional information on each assessment:

  • Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) — Designed for the youngest of learners, this assessment helps parents and educators understand what students know and are capable of learning when they first enter school. The results help measure the success of PreK programs, and also provide information that can help improve instruction and services available to students.
  • Links Assessment System (LAS) — This English language proficiency test is administered to students from kindergarten-12th grade that have been officially identified as English learners (ELs). The assessment is provided annually in order to monitor an ELs progress in academic English skills.
  • The Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) — These tests measure students’ knowledge, skills, and academic growth from third grade through eighth grade. Student progress is measured with annual tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics, as well as Science in fifth and eighth grades.
  • Subject Area Testing Program (SATP) — In high school, students take the Subject Area Tests in Algebra I, Biology I, English II and U.S. History. The goal of the assessment is to ensure students have gained a certain level of expertise in the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and History. All students must pass these tests in order to graduate. Additionally, students can take these assessments multiple times.
  • Mississippi Academic Assessment Program-Alternate (MAAP-A) — These assessments are designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities who are in third grade through eighth grade and high school.

When is Standardized Testing in Mississippi?

Mississippi state testing dates vary, but they usually take place in the spring. With that in mind, you can help your child prepare for these tests in advance. Below are the typical testing dates.

  • KRA – August – September
  • LAS – November – December; March – April
  • MAAP –  April – May
  • SATP – Exams are conducted at the end of the year
  • MAAP-A – April through May

Do Homeschoolers Have To Take Standardized Tests in Mississippi?

Homeschoolers are not required by Mississippi homeschooling law to take standardized tests. If you would still like your child to take these tests, it’s best to contact your district to discuss your options. Keep in mind that although homeschooled students would not be included in the public school testing, some districts may test students reentering the public school setting.

How Time4Learning Can Help With Mississippi Test Prep

For students who are enrolled in public school and getting ready for standardized tests in Mississippi, Time4Learning’s award-winning curriculum can be the right partner in helping them succeed with confidence.

Students can choose to study the subjects and specific lessons they need help with and learn at their own pace, and on their own time. Below are some of the ways that Time4Learning can help your child prepare for Mississippi state tests:

  • State assessment simulations for grades 3 through 8, which provide students with actual practice on what it’s like to take a state test.
  • Thousands of lessons in math, language arts (including reading and writing), science, and social studies so students can sharpen their skills as they prepare for Mississippi’s standardized assessments.
  • 24/7 access so your students can access the lessons at any time or place as long as they have an internet connection.
  • The freedom to retake quizzes and tests and repeat lessons, giving your child the chance to fully understand difficult lessons and concepts.
  • An interactive, entertaining, and educational design that keeps even the youngest students focused as they prepare for the KRA and MAAP tests.
  • Your elementary students have the ability to practice and master important math facts by using Time4MathFacts, which is included with your Time4Learning membership.
  • Students in high school can use Time4Learning to master concepts in Algebra I, Biology I, English II and U.S. History to ace the SATP assessments.
  • As an IBCCES Certified Autism Resource, students with special needs can prepare for the state’s MAAP-A with our flexible, self-paced curriculum.

Through preparation and practice, your child can achieve successful results when taking standardized tests in Mississippi. In addition, skill-building programs like Time4Learning can prepare your child and build their academic confidence while reducing test anxiety.

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