Expanding opportunities in learning and faith through MAP testing!
The first two weeks have flown by already; hopefully the transition to the regular routines of school has gone well for your family.
As mentioned last week, our school will be participating in MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing this year. The testing will start next week for students in grades 3-8.
The MAP tests are different in a number of ways from the CTBS tests that we have done in the past. Since the MAP test is done entirely on the computer, the test will adapt the level of questions to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student will have the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. Another advantage of MAP tests is that we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth.
We see three goals for using the MAP test at LHCS. The MAP tests will be used to help LHCS analyze its curriculum, based on the average scores of LHCS students for areas of strength and areas of growth. MAP will also provide staff with another resource to measure learning and growth for each student and look at particular areas of strength and weakness for each student as we can drill down through the data to individual results in different components of the test. MAP will also offer the LHCS parent community and prospective parents a sense of how well the school is performing compared to other schools as MAP is a norm referenced test.
MAP accomplishes these goals while still being a test that is designed to focus on measuring individual student growth. To do this, scores are shown as RIT (Rasch Unit) scores. A RIT score is grade independent and shows a student’s current and projected learning over the next testing period. A student is primarily being compared to their previous scores to show growth over time rather than just to a norm or grade equivalency.
If you have any questions about this test, feel free to contact your child’s teacher. Our testing schedule will be on the school’s Google calendar; we ask for your support by not scheduling appointments etc. during these times.
If you are interested in learning more about MAP here is a link to further information on their website. https://www.nwea.org/assessments/map/
Ian Timmerman is Principal at Laurentian Hills Christian School