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MAP Testing

Traditionally students in grades 1-8 take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment in the month of September.  This year, due to remote learning, being cognizant of younger students' screen time, and the addition of other assessments that provide the same type of data being administered to kindergarten through second grade students, we made the decision to administer the MAP test only to students in grades 3-8.  

The MAP assessment consists of both Reading and Math portions, and is one of the ways teachers and administrators collect data on student academic growth throughout the school year. Although the MAP assessment generally takes place in the fall and spring, additional testing is administered in the winter to students who receive learning support services or have scored below the national 50th percentile on any of the past three test administrations.

MAP assessments are unique in that they are adaptive and will adjust according to student responses. This means the test becomes more difficult as your child answers correctly, or becomes less difficult if your child answers a question incorrectly. Therefore, your child takes a test targeted specifically to their learning level. Additionally, the MAP assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, which is reflected in our English/Language Arts and Math curricula.  If you are interested in learning more about the MAP assessments please visit https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/.

Since MAP measures individual students readiness to learn and provides growth data for the school year it is important that students are provided with an environment that allows them to focus on the assessment.  Parents and other caregivers are not permitted to provide assistance while their student is taking the assessment.    

Please create a quiet environment for your child where:

  • the room is well lit, and at a comfortable temperature.
  • there is a sturdy place to set the iPad, preferably a desk or table. 
  • no one will interrupt the assessment, including family members and pets.
  • the iPad is the only computing device for which your child has access.
  • there are as few potential distractions as possible. 

This year the district will administer the Fall MAP assessments during the weeks of August 31 through September 22, 2020.  Your child’s teacher will provide you with the dates your child will be testing. You will receive the results of the fall assessment in October. 

Please complete the following to make sure your child’s iPad is ready for remote MAP testing:

  • Locate the NWEA/MAP app on the iPad 
    • Tap on the app to make sure you are taken to the NWEA/MAP login site in Safari
  • Please review iPad settings with this video that will guide you through the iPad settings your child needs in order to access the MAP assessment.  Your child’s advisory teacher will guide the students through this process prior to testing to verify that the iPad is ready for testing.   
  • A link will be provided through Google Classroom for each student to access their Zoom Room where the test will be proctored. Students will remain on the Zoom meeting for the duration of the assessment, but may leave the Zoom after completing and submitting the assessment. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher. 

Sincerely,

Katie Reynolds
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. Craig Chatham 
Director of Technology and Assessment