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 online. 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 Unites (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 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 a ‘post-test- to check growth during that year.
The first round of MAP Assessments for the 2018-2019 school year are under way, our last day of testing will be October 10th.