During the following two weeks - September 2nd to September 13th, students in the Elementary School will take tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). MAP Growth tests from NWEA® are adaptive tests taken on a computer. This means that each test is individualized because the question difficulty changes based on a child’s answers. The data helps us determine your child’s instructional level and measures academic growth in the areas of maths, reading and for grades 3-5, language usage.
As a school, we look at a variety of items to help tell the story of each student including observations, portfolios, classroom assessments, projects, etc. MAP tests and student scores are just one part of this picture of your child. However, the information the school receives helps us to benchmark against similar schools, evaluate the effectiveness of our programs, and provides teachers student data as one indicator of student performance. The results help us to make informed decisions that promote academic growth for our entire student body.
MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth. Your child will spend a total of about two hours completing these tests.
Your child does not need to study to prepare for the MAP test. This test is being used to assess what your child already knows and to help us as a school. However, please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats a good breakfast the day of the test. Your child’s teacher will be able to give you the exact date of testing.
For more information on resources for parents, check out: www.nwea.org
Results will be shared with parents towards the end of October once schoolwide data and international comparisons have been received.