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MAP Message for Families of Students in Grades 6-8

In September and January, we will be using MAP Growth assessments in reading and math for students in grades 6-8. These assessments provide a common measure of reading and math that provides us with a benchmark on student proficiency at the start of the year, instructional areas to address, a measure of students’ overall growth and an indication of likely success on the annual state assessment. By assessing all students, MAP helps us gauge the effectiveness of instructional programs and supports, as well as check for any groups of students who may not be doing well or are not being challenged. MAP data can also be used to provide student growth information required for grants that we access to provide extra instructional support.

MAP assessments are adaptive tests, meaning the questions adjust to get easier or harder as students move through the test. To find out what students know now, and what they are ready to learn next, all students will see questions to which they may not know the answer. We encourage them to just answer as best they can for each and move on to the next question.

In past years, most students needed less than an hour to complete each test. This year the test has been shortened to take even less time. We do have the option to break up a session into shorter periods of time and provide extra time for individual students when appropriate.

 

In addition to measuring the positive impact of our instruction on student achievement, the MAP assessment may also help give us insight into any continuing impacts due to interrupted learning during the pandemic. MAP scores are not used for grading and will not negatively impact your child.

If you want to learn more about the MAP assessment, please contact your child’s teacher and visit MAP’s Family Toolkit website at www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/family-toolkit.

 

Resources for families:

  • Family Guide to MAP Growth Assessments (2-page document)

https://www.nwea.org/resource-center/fact-sheet/29662/family-guide-to-map-growth_NWEA.pdf

  • Family Guide to MAP Growth Assessments in 12 languages

https://nwea.force.com/nweaconnection/s/family-guide-to-map-growth?language=en_US

 

MAP Message for Families of Students in First-year Algebra

This September we will give the MAP Algebra 1 assessment to our students enrolled in Algebra 1 and Intensified Algebra classes. Most students are familiar with the assessments since we have used them for many years in grades 3-8, and more recently with first-year algebra classes.

The MAP assessment provides a common measurement to get a benchmark on student proficiency at the start of the year and measure students’ overall growth. By assessing all students, we also get a measure of our math program, helping to gauge its effectiveness, as well as insights into groups of students who may not be doing well or are not being challenged. MAP data is also used to provide student growth information required for grants that fund additional math supports.

MAP assessments are adaptive tests, meaning the questions adjust to get easier or harder as students move through the test. To find out what students know now, and what they are ready to learn next, all students will see questions to which they may not know the answer.

We encourage them to just answer as best they can for each and move on to the next question. Most students take less than an hour to complete each test, though we may break up a session into shorter periods of time and provide extra time as needed.

If you want to learn more about the MAP assessment, please contact your child’s teacher and visit MAP’s Family Toolkit website at www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/family-toolkit.

Resources for families:

  • Family Guide to MAP Growth Assessments (2-page document)

https://www.nwea.org/resource-center/fact-sheet/29662/family-guide-to-map-growth_NWEA.pdf

  • Family Guide to MAP Growth Assessments in 12 languages

https://nwea.force.com/nweaconnection/s/family-guide-to-map-growth?language=en_US