Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
Who takes the MAP Test?
Starting in the Fall of 2012, all students in grades K-8 are tested in Math and Reading using Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). For students in grades 3-8, you will receive the results with the first quarter report cards during Parent-Teacher conferences. For students in grades K-2, classroom-based assessment will be more to inform you rather than a computerized assessment of their skills.
What Are Measures of Academic Progress?
MAP is one measure of your child's performance and progress in school. You may have a chart in your home on which you mark your child's height at certain times. This is a growth chart that shows how he or she has grown from one period of time to another. MAP does the same sort of thing, except it measures your child's growth over time in reading and math. After two testing events a graph will illustrate your students' growth from test to test. The more data points your student has, the more obvious their progress will be. In future years, you will be able to observe your child's growth from previous years. MAP can be administered up to four times per year to monitor student progress. At IAMS, it is administered in September (K-8), January (3-8) and May (K-8).
What Do the Scores Mean?
On the report you can see your child's RIT score range, district average score, and the norm group average of students tested across the nation. A RIT score is a measure of a student's academic growth over time. Like units on a ruler, the scale is divided into equal intervals and is independent of grade level. The RIT range provides information to parents and teachers about the learning tasks that are appropriate (not too hard or too easy) for your child at this time. This information should be helpful for teachers and parents in identifying what types of learning activities should be presented to facilitate academic growth for individual children.
How Can I Use this Information to Help my Student?
Lexile ranges, indicated below the reading chart, can help in choosing appropriate reading materials based on a student's RIT score. The Lexile score measures text difficulty and reader comprehension. For more information on Lexile scores, please visit their website. The company that produces the MAP testing also has parent information and specific suggestions for helping your student available in the Parent Toolkit document as well as their website.
How Can MAP Information be Used in the Classroom?
Teachers can use MAP data to instruct students in the areas of greatest needs. Teachers can also choose materials that may be more challenging for students who need that type of instruction. Whole classes might have strengths or weaknesses in curricular areas that can be identified by MAP and addressed by adjusting lesson plans to accommodate those strengths or weaknesses.
At IAMS we believe that this information will be very helpful to us and to you in the future. We will continue to report on your child's academic progress and to work with student performance data to analyze and improve instruction. With school staff and parents in partnership, we can provide a quality educational experience for each of our students.
Please feel free to contact your child's teacher if you have additional questions on how to interpret the results or your child's performance on the MAP assessment.