During the second, third and fourth week of April 2015, your child will be required to undergo an online standerdised test called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). The purpose for these tests is to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school academic year. Students will be tested on a yearly basis in the areas of Math, Reading and Language Usage.
MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth. Over the next few weeks, your child will spend a total of about five hours completing these tests. You will receive a comprehensive report showing your child’s growth after he/she completes all the tests.
We are truly excited to begin a new era that focuses on every child’s individual growth and achievement.Partnering to help all kids learn, parents and teachers can have a profound positive effect on the lives of our children.
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. If a school uses MAP, 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.
For more information on resources for parents, download the Parent Toolkit at www.nwea.org. Partner Support or login into our website www.rowad-is.com to view the presentation.