DEMS Spring 2018 MAP Testing

26 April 2018

NWEA

At DEMS we use Northwestern Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) standardized testing for students in grades 2-8.

MAP tests are unique in that they are adaptive tests taken on a computer. This means that the test becomes more difficult the more questions your child answers correctly. When your child answers incorrectly on two or more questions, the test adapts and the questions become easier. Therefore, your child takes a test specifically created for his or her learning level. In addition these tests are aligned with the Common Core standards in the United States.

Your child’s MAP results are reported via Rasch Units (RIT scores). This is a different type of score than a typical test which reports results based on percentage correct. It is also different from many tests that provide results based on your child’s score compared to other students in the same grade. As a result we can easily measure individual student’s growth in learning. These results are valuable to your child’s teacher as he or she can more easily recognize where to focus attention for your child’s optimal learning.

This MAP data is a powerful tool for monitoring student growth over time. We test our students in the Fall and Spring of each year. The Fall testing session being a 'pre-test' to give teachers valuable information to prepare for the year and the Spring testing session acting as the 'post-test' to check growth during that year. 

Please be sure and check when your child is scheduled to test over the coming days. On testing days, please make sure that your child is well rested and starts the day with a healthy breakfast. Children who are tired are less able to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of a test. A healthy, fueled body leads to a healthy, active mind.

Our Spring testing session begins on Sunday April 29 (posted to the DEMS Community Calendar).

The schedule of tests is as follows :

Sunday April 29

Grade 4 Math

Grade 8 Math

Monday April 30

Grade 4 Reading

Grade 8 Reading

Tuesday May 1

Grade 4 Language Usage

Grade 8 Language Usage

Wednesday May 2

Grade 5 Math

Grade 7 Math

Thursday May 3

Grade 5 Reading

Grade 7 Reading

Sunday May 6

Grade 5 Language Usage

Grade 7 Language Usage

Monday May 7

Grade 3 Math

Grade 6 Math

Tuesday May 8

Grade 3 Reading

Grade 6 Reading

Wednesday May 9

Grade 3 Language Usage

Grade 6 Language Usage

Thursday May 10

Grade 2 Reading

MAKE UP testing - for students that did not complete their test at the previous sitting or were absent.

Monday May 14

Grade 2 Math

MAKE UP testing - for students that did not complete their test at the previous sitting or were absent.

Tuesday May 15

MAKE UP testing - for students that did not complete their test at the previous sitting or were absent.

Wednesday May 16

Grade 2 Language Usage

FINAL MAKE UP testing - for students that did not complete their test at the previous sitting or were absent.

For more information and resources specifically for parents related to MAP Assessments, please check the Student/Parent folder on Drive.