St. Paul of the Cross has started a computerized assessment called Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP) for students. These tests are replacing AimsWeb. MAP tests measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Reading and Mathematics. We are using the MAP assessment data to gain more information about your child’s instructional level. MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.
A list of frequently asked questions follows.
Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP)
Why MAPs and Other Frequently Asked Questions
What is the MAP test? MAP, also called Measures of Academic Progress™, is a nationally norm referenced test administered on a computer. The test is adaptive to the student’s responses and provides a score called a RIT. This score corresponds to the current achievement level of the student along a vertical scale.
Why are St. Paul of the Cross students taking the MAP test? We are giving the MAP tests to help determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year in the areas of reading and math. MAP scores help teachers to determine the current achievement level of each student. In knowing this, lessons can be designed that provide for students at all levels within the same classroom setting. MAP scores are not used as part of a student’s course/ subject grade calculation. They are a formative measure used to help teachers provide content tailored to student/class needs and abilities at the moment of instruction.
Which St. Paul of the Cross students will be taking the MAP test? Students in grades Kindergarten through grade 8 will take the MAP test.
When will St. Paul of the Cross students take the MAP test? MAP testing occurs three times throughout the year. All students enrolled in tested grades are administered tests in the fall, winter, and in the spring.
Where can I get more information about MAP? In addition to contacting your student’s teacher, you may also download the MAP Parent Toolkit from the Northwest Evaluation Association website at https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/.