Need some help understanding test scores for your child’s school?

While school districts are still studying 2015 MAP test scores released this week, parents can get some help in interpreting the results at two upcoming public meetings.

The state released 2015 MAP test scores yesterday, with the report for the Kansas City Public Schools showing mixed results. The scores were also released for 528 school districts and 39 charter schools in Missouri.

“The MAP scores are the primary tool by which public elementary schools are measured in Missouri, but they are confusing. Parents need support when trying to decipher their children’s MAP scores, and when comparing different schools,” says Tricia Johnson, Executive Director of the nonprofit Show Me KC Schools which works to help families find the right school for their children.

Show Me KC Schools is hosting a community conversation aimed at helping parents understand the scores on Sept. 23. Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight (KC AERC) and Elliot Sanchez (Leading Educators) will moderate a discussion around MAP scores with representatives from Kansas City Public Schools and UMKC. They will also discuss other measures besides test scores that can help parents identify quality schools.

Parents of special needs students can also get some help at another September event. Show Me KC Schools is also inviting parents and caregivers to a conversation facilitated by Dr. Patty Smith, former special education teacher and administrator, and a panel of parents, about how to get the best education for children with special needs.


  • “Test Scores & Beyond,” Sept. 23rd 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Brush Creek Community Center (3801 Brush Creek Blvd).
  • “Parenting Children with Special Needs,” September 10th 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Kauffman Conference Center (4801 Rockhil Rd.), with RIKC (Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City) and Children’s TLC.
  • Registration for both events is free and open to the public. Please register for the programs at

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