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MAP testing FAQ’s

 

What is MAP testing?

MAP— is the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)’s computerized adaptive test called Measures of Academic Progress. When taking a MAP test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier.


Are there different kinds of MAP tests?

Yes. CRIA students in KG – Grade 2 will take the MAP for Primary Grades test. Students in Grades 3-8 will take the MAP test.


what subjects does MAP assess?

We are using the MAP tests in the area of mathematics and reading assessments for Grades KG – 2. Our Grades 3-8 students will take one additional test in Language Usage.


How long does it take to complete a test?

Although the tests are not timed, it usually takes students in Grades 3-8 about one hour to complete each test. The MAP for Primary Grades is shorter at about 30 minutes.


When will my student be tested and how often?

At CRIA, we test students at the beginning of the school year in fall and at the end of the school year in spring. This year’s fall testing will take place September 22-26. The Spring testing date is still to be determined.


Do all students in the same grade take the same test?

No. NWEA assessments are designed to target a student’s academic performance in mathematics, reading, and language usage. These tests are tailored to an individual’s current achievement level. This gives each student a fair opportunity to show what he or she knows and can do. The computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique test.


What can I do as a parent?

Three kinds of parental involvement at home are consistently associated with higher student achievement:

Actively organizing and monitoring a child’s time.

Helping with homework.

Discussing school matters.


When will I know the results of the tests?

Teachers will have access to score results within 72 hours. A parent report will be sent home within two weeks thereafter.


What is the MAP assessment used for?

MAP is used to measure your student’s progress or growth in school. You may have a chart in your home on which you mark your child’s height at certain times, such as on his or her birthday. This is a growth chart. It shows how much he or she has grown from one year to the next. The MAP assessment does the same sort of thing, except it measures your student’s growth in mathematics, reading, language usage skill.


What is the MAP assessment used for?

MAP is used to measure your student’s progress or growth in school. You may have a chart in your home on which you mark your child’s height at certain times, such as on his or her birthday. This is a growth chart. It shows how much he or she has grown from one year to the next. The MAP assessment does the same sort of thing, except it measures your student’s growth in mathematics, reading, language usage skill.


How do teachers use the test scores?

The MAP tests are important to teachers because they keep track of progress and growth in basic skills. They let teachers know where a student’s strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. Teachers use this information to help them guide instruction in the classroom.


What are some ways that I can help my child prepare for this test?

Meet with your child’s teacher as often as needed to discuss his or her progress.

Ask the teacher to suggest activities for you and your child to do at home to help prepare for tests and improve your child’s understanding of schoolwork. Parents and teachers working together benefits students.

Help your child learn to navigate a mouse by setting up a learning game that requires students to click and drag. http://www.abcya.com/ is a good website to try.

Provide a quiet, comfortable place for studying at home.

Make sure that your child is well rested on school days and especially the day of a test. Children who are tired are lessable to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of a test.

Give your child a well-rounded diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind.

Provide books and magazines for your child to read at home. By reading new materials, a child learns new words that might appear on a test.

Research online suggested reading lists for your child’s reading level.


Where can I learn more about MAP testing?