Dear Parents and Friends,
This week students have been participating in Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The NWEA MAP test is a computer delivered assessment in reading and math that provides a snapshot of student achievement at one point in time. We look at the results of the assessment in the context of many other pieces of information about your child in order to help inform instructional choices for each student and groups of students. We also look at school year growth compared to national norms to determine how we are doing challenging every student.
The MAP test is an adaptive test that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Although it is a "multiple choice" test, it doesn't look or work like achievement tests of years past. As students answer questions correctly, the difficulty level of their questions increases; if answering incorrectly, the difficulty level goes down. The level is continually adjusted throughout the 40 to 50 question test, with no two students ever getting all the same questions. Also unlike a typical multiple choice test, some questions require students to provide more than one answer or show work on a math problem. This makes it more difficult to make a lucky guess.