Assessments/Standardized Testing

Assessment Tests can be positive!

“Do you test students every year?” is a very common question we receive.  The answer is: yes, we administer the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test.  We do not promote an environment of pressure or stress for our students or teachers.   Class schedules remain as normal as possible during testing time.

MAP is a national-aligned computerized adaptive assessment program that provides us with the information we need to improve teaching and learning and make student-focused, data-driven decisions.  Students in grades K through 8 are tested three times per year in math, reading, and language usage.  Teachers use the growth and achievement data from MAP to develop targeted instructional strategies and to plan school improvement.  Students will take a MAP within the 1st quarter of the school year, mid year, and at the end of the school year.

MAP:

  • Measures growth over time
  • Provides information used to target individual instruction
  • Is aligned to national curriculum standards
  • Gives immediate results
  • Generates test questions based on student responses
  • Is not an accountability test

MAP is a computer- adaptive test.  If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging.  If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier.  This type of assessment challenges top performers without overwhelming students whose skills may be below grade level.  The MAP tests include multiple choice, drag and drop, and other types of questions.

MAP uses a normed scale (Rasch Unit or RIT) to accurately measure what students know, regardless of their grade level.  It also measures growth over time, allowing you to track your child’s progress throughout the school year and across multiple years.  Once the students have completed their MAP test, each will receive a RIT score.The score precisely measures student performance, regardless of whether they’re performing on, above, or below grade level.

The scores have the same meaning across grade levels.  If a fourth grade student and an eighth grade student have the same score in reading, then they are testing at the same level in reading.  Teachers can use the score to inform instruction, personalize learning, and monitor the growth of individual students. Administration can use the scores to see the performance and progress of a grade level or the entire school

For more information on MAP, visit www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit