MAP is on our radar. During the period of Sept. 25 – October 12, DAIS students in grades 1-8 will be involved in writing the first session of this year’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). MAP tests are completed in the Fall and Spring of each school year. Our purpose in having our students write MAP is three-fold. To provide us another tool in determining your child’s instructional level, to measure academic growth throughout the school year and to give us comparative data on how our DAIS students are doing in comparison to the ten million plus students in the norm group, and students in over 200 other international schools around the world.
MAP tests are unique in that your child will take the tests on a computer and the tests are adaptive in nature. The questions that appear on your child’s screen adjust in difficulty depending upon prior responses, zeroing in on your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. Students in Grade 1 will write two different tests (Reading & Mathematics), while students in Grade 2 write three tests ( Reading, Language Usage and Math). Students in grades 3-8 complete an additional test in Science for a total of four tests over the week. Each test is approximately 40 to 60 minutes in duration, though there is no limit for children who require extra time.
It is always important that children try their best, but please know there is no studying that can be done for this type of testing. Preparation is done through the daily classroom learning the children experience. That said, a good night’s rest and breakfast are definite pluses.
One great feature of MAP is that there is no long delay in obtaining performance data. Within a couple of weeks of each testing period, you will receive a complete report showing your child’s results and a comparative analysis of your child’s performance to that of the norm group. For more information on resources for parents, download the Parent Toolkit at: https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/ or as always, our door is open at school for any questions you may have.