What is MAP and why do we take it?
Hello EverGreen Families,
EverGreen students have taken MAP assessments for over five years now. This year, we put a brighter spotlight on them in report cards and in regards to Academic Honors. Here are some frequently asked questions answered below by NWEA, the creators of MAP, at nwea.org to help you understand the MAP assessment process at EverGreen.
Q: What does MAP stand for?
A: MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is a “computerized adaptive assessment which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child's academic growth.”
Q: Is MAP another test?
A: No, MAP is an assessment tool. “MAP is the most trusted and innovative assessment for measuring achievement and growth in K–12 math, reading, and language usage. It provides teachers with accurate, and actionable evidence to help target instruction for each student or groups of students regardless of how far above or below they are from their grade level. It also connects to the largest set of instructional content providers, giving educators flexibility in curriculum choices.” At EverGreen, a child’s grade is NOT determined by the MAP score. MAP is a tool to inform teachers where a student falls within a grade and helps them differentiate, or in other words, helps teachers adjust lessons to meet the needs of the individual student.
Q: Who takes the MAP at EverGreen?
A: 1st – 8th grade
Q: How often do students take them?
A: We normally take it three times per year (Fall, Winter, Spring). Due to the six-months-long Covid-19 shutdown, we took it four times in the 2020-2021 school year. The extra assessment was the first one given in September, which informed teachers of the skills students needed the most help rebuilding.
Q: What do teachers do with the MAP scores and other data provided?
A: “Using MAP reports, teachers can tailor instruction to challenge their students, whether they are below, at, or above grade level. MAP student reports also present realistic learning goals by subject areas so that, through a teacher’s guidance, students can individually see their progress and be inspired to take charge of their own learning. These reports make it simple for teachers to plan for differentiated instruction, develop interventions for struggling students, and see what students are ready to learn next.”
Q: What do students do with their MAP score?
A: Our school’s goal is to have them take ownership of their assessment score, set goals to improve, and take charge of their learning.
We hope this information gave you more understanding of MAP assessments. If you have additional questions, please reach out to your child's teacher or call the school at 262-456-1079.