MAP Testing (Measures of Academic Progress)
All students in grades 1-8 participate in MAP Testing each year in September and than again in May. MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress and is a comprehensive assessment program measuring students' general knowledge and academic growth in reading, language usage, and mathematics. We give MAP tests to determine each student's instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year. Results give students, parents, and teachers valuable information about student academic performance and growth. The test information allows teachers to customize instruction, set classroom goals, and evaluate the overall school wide academic program.
Questions About Testing
Standardized testing offers schools the opportunity to see how their individual students are performing in comparison to students in the rest of the nation, as well as the overall effectiveness of the various school programs.
Why MAP test?
California public schools use the STAR tests which are not available to private schools. Results from STAR, SAT-10, and CAT-6 are only available months after the test, typically after the students have already left their class. City Tree has chosen MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) because it provides immediate feedback to allow teachers to tailor instructions to each student's strengths and weaknesses.
How is MAP given?
MAP is a computerized adaptive test that requires only a few hours of the students' valuable class time. STAR, SAT-10, and CAT-6 testing provides valuable information but typically requires many days of testing, taking away from the regular class instruction.
How often is MAP given?
MAP is given twice a year- early in the fall and in the spring near the end of the school year.
What does MAP test?
Students in first and second grades are tested in reading and math. Students in grades three through eight are tested in reading, language usage, and math.
How do parents get information on MAP results?
Test results are available immediately to the teacher after the test. Parents are provided a print-out of their student's test results during their parent-teacher conference in the fall to allow the teacher to explain the results and provide a plan of action for the student's success based on the students' performance on the test. Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child's growth.
What does MAP Show?
MAP testing is a powerful tool for monitoring student growth over time. In the spring parents are able to see the academic growth of their students when spring test results are paired with those of fall to give a visual representation of the combined results of the student's achievement on the test. To find out more about MAP, go to the Northwest Evaluation Association web site, www.nwea.org.
Tips for Parents during Testing
- Make sure your child is well rested on school days and especially the day of the test. Children who are tired are less able 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. It is especially helpful if students eat a good breakfast on testing days.
- Arrive on time to school. This allows your child to start the day with less stress and allows for more success.
- Please keep in mind that test scores give only one picture of how your child is doing in school, and many things can affect a student's test scores. Therefore it is important to consider other kinds of information about your student as well.
- If you have any questions please contact your child's teacher or the testing coordinator.
Interpreting your Student's Test Results
Direct your attention to the "Explanatory Notes" in the lower right hand corner of your student's report. This information will be extremely helpful to you as you review your child's results.
Student Growth and Typical Growth:
Please take time to review Student's Growth and Typical Growth scores. Student Growth shows how much your child progressed in each subject. The Typical Growth refers to the average score growth of a typical student from their fall scores to spring scores. For example, a student beginning with a 190 in reading is expected to grow 5 points by spring based on what other students across the nation have achieved.
Student Percentile Range:
The middle number of this three number range displays your student's national percentile rank. This is a national comparison of your child's score to other students in the same grade. The norm study drew from the test results from more than 2.8 million students nationwide.
Each of these charts gives you the ability to determine your child's relative strengths and weaknesses in each area. This information allows teachers to immediately concentrate on the student's areas of strength and concern.
When Scores Drop:
It is our hope that all students will show growth between testing periods. But we know there are many factors that can contribute to lower scores. Please do not be overly concerned if your student does show a drop in scores between testing periods or shows 0 or negative growth. MAP results show a continuum of learning from year to year and from testing session to testing session. This will be increasingly evident after your student has taken several years of tests. A variety of reasons can explain drops and 0 or negative growth. These factors include disinterest, lack of motivation, distractions such as not feeling well, lack of sleep, or hunger. Another factor can be the increased difficulty of the test. The test always starts out at the level the student last tested. Therefore the test will likely appear more challenging to the student each time they take it; at times this can be a cause for frustration and scores may drop. In addition, a drop of three to four points is not considered statistically significant.
This is shown directly below the Reading Goals Performance chart. This Lexile Range shows your student's reading ability. This Lexile Range can help you find appropriate reading materials for your child. The Lexile range represents a level of reading difficulty that leaves readers neither frustrated nor bored.
What is Lexile?
A lexile score is a reading level that correlates to the overall MAP reading score. It takes into account the ability of a student to read and comprehend the text. Lexile scores are based on two predictors of how difficult a test is to comprehend, those being semantic difficultly (word frequency) and syntactic complexity (sentence length).
Resources for Finding Appropriate Books:
Please refer to these websites to help you find appropriate books for your student's reading ability. The Lexile Framework for Reading website can be accessed at www.lexile.com from there you can click on the tabs to find appropriate books. You can narrow searches by title, author, lexile level, and keyword. Scholastic Book Wizard, http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/, is a user friendly website to find books within a Lexile range. The site includes a variety of ways to search for books including finding books in a series. Reading books in a series is a great way to create and maintain interest in reading.
Children who are very proficient readers, will have higher Lexile scores and some of these books will have content that is more designed for older students or young adults. Not every book generated on these websites will be appropriate for your child. Please take time to read the summaries of these books and use your good parental judgment when choosing books.
City Tree Test Results
All students in grades 1-8 participate in MAP Testing each year in September and than again in May. Parents should look at the schedules below and record these dates on their calendars; it is helpful for both students and the school when parents avoid scheduling appointments, trips, etc. during testing days.
Spring 2017 Schedule, coming this spring!