Dear Parents and Guardians,
During the month of November, and then later in the winter and spring, your child will take a test called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). We give grade 1-8 students MAP tests to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the area of math. Your child will take the test on a computer.
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. Each test takes about one hour to complete.
This program will help us to personalize learning with all of our students, especially for those working remotely. Just like our literacy program, iReady, this will pinpoint exactly the math needs to focus on for each student. In addition, NWEA aligns with Khan Academy and IXL. By using the information from this screener, each student will get an individualized plan of what to work on using these other programs. Our hope is this data will allow teachers to more easily differentiate instruction, and engage more students in independent math practice.
We are excited to have a new process that better focuses on every child’s individual growth and achievement. We are developing a plan to share results with students for goal setting and with parents to understand their child’s level of performance and growth over time. Partnering to help all kids learn, parents and teachers can have a profound positive effect on the lives of our children. For more information on resources for parents, please visit the Parent Tool Kit
Wendy Nelson Kauffman
Director of Teaching and Learning
Region 14 Schools