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are the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)?
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) are a series of tests developed by Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) that measure your child's general knowledge in reading, math, and science. Your 2nd through 10th grade child will take the MAP test in October and may. In some schools, some students may also take the MAP test in January. These tests serve as our second assessment required by the Iowa Code, Chapter 12. The results of these tests give students, parents, teachers and administrators some excellent data to help make educational decisions.
What are Measures of Academic Progress Used For?
your child's progress or growth in school. You may have a chart
in your home on which you mark your child's height at certain times-such
as on their birthday. This is a growth chart. It shows how they
have grown from one year to the next.
Academic Progress also measure your child's growth, except they
measure your child's growth in reading, math skills, and science
(gr. 7 only).
the Tests Measure Growth in Learning?
of Academic Progress use scores to measure growth in reading, math,
and science (gr. 7 only). Scores depend on two things: how many
questions are answered correctly and the difficulty of each question.
Do the Tests Cover?
of Academic Progress is made up of parts, which are called goals.
Take a look at these sample goal areas for each test. Your child
will take tests with goals that are similar to these.
Estimation and Computation
Geometry and Spatial Sense
Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability
Patterns, Functions, and Algebra
When you, your
child, and your child's teacher look at MAP results, it may become
apparent that certain goal areas need more attention than others.
Do All Students Take the Same Test?
Yes and no.
take a computerized reading, math, and science (gr. 7 only) test.
Although every test has questions covering the same goal areas,
not every test has the same questions, and the test questions vary
In a computerized
adaptive test, the difficulty of the test is adjusted to the student's
performance so each student sees different test questions. The difficulty
of each question is based on how well the student has answered the
questions up to that point. As the student answers correctly, the
questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly,
the questions become easier. This enables the school to monitor
the growth of students of all abilities.
are the Tests to Students and to Teachers?
are important because they keep track of progress or growth in the
basic skills. They let teachers know where students' strengths are
and if help is needed in any specific areas. MAP is just one look
at how children are doing. Teachers already routinely assign projects
and tasks, administer other tests, discuss student work, and report
grades. These are all very important ways of looking at student
The best thing
your child can do to prepare for testing is to work hard in school
every day. Regular attendance, good nutrition, and adequate rest
are also important components for successful test performance.
Cheryl A. Werner
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Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
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