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Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments

How MEGA Tests Were Developed

Creating the MEGA program is a complex, ongoing process. The major steps in the process are outlined below.

Task Description
Develop the Test Framework The content of each MEGA test is documented in the test framework. The test framework consists of domains that each include a set of competencies, along with a set of descriptive statements that further elaborate the content of each test competency. During preparation of the test competencies, key state and national documents were consulted. Missouri educators reviewed the test competencies to ensure that the test competencies are accurate, free of bias, job related, and important for the job of an entry-level educator in Missouri.

Each MEGA test framework is the only source that specifies the knowledge and skills assessed by the test. Test frameworks are available on this website for review by faculty and candidates.
Develop Test Items Next, test items were developed to assess the content defined by the test competencies. Missouri educators reviewed and approved the test items.
Set Qualifying Scores A committee of Missouri educators convenes to make recommendations to DESE that will be used to establish the qualifying score for each MEGA test. The final qualifying scores are determined by the State Board of Education.