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What is MAP Testing? Answers to Frequently Asked Questions by Parents
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Monday, April 30, 2018
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What is MAP Testing?

 

Answers for Frequently Asked Questions by Parents

Dr. Michael Broadbent, BJES Principal

 

All of the elementary schools in Breckinridge County use an effective tool known as MAP Testing three times a year; fall, winter, and spring. Soon, your child’s Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) test results will be coming home for this spring. These tests determine your child’s instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading and math in all grade levels and for the upper grades: language and science.

 

MAP tests are unique in that they are adaptive tests your child took on a computer. That means that the test became more difficult the more questions your child answered correctly. When your child incorrectly answered a question, the test became easier. Therefore, your child took a test specifically created for his or her learning level. In addition, your child should have had the opportunity to learn the information presented on the test because the tests are aligned with national standards.

 

Your child’s MAP results are reported in RIT scores. This is a different type of score than a typical test that provides a percentage correct. It is also different from many tests that provide results based on your child’s score compared to others in his or her grade. Instead, the RIT score is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, that is independent of grade level. As a result, we can easily measure growth in learning. This type of score increases the value of the tests as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers to recognize where to focus attention for your child’s learning.

 

MAP testing is a powerful tool for monitoring student growth over time. For more information on how your child’s scores compare to Normative Data across the nation or just for more answers to questions you may have as a concerned parent, then please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or school. You may also visit NWEA.org and check out the Parent Toolkit which provides more in-depth examples and information. Thank you for taking an active interest in your child’s education!

 

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