This year, students will take tests called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). We give students MAP tests to determine their instructional level, reading level, and to measure academic growth throughout the school year in the areas of Reading, Language, and Math.
All aspects of the A-C Central education experience are focused on knowing our students on a deeper level in order to precisely guide and mentor them. To accomplish this task in the academic arena requires knowing where students are currently and guiding and mentoring them to the next level.
What is the NWEA MAP test?
MAP tests are unique in that they are adaptive. 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. The tests range from 39-52 questions and vary from person to person, depending upon the responses obtained. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. These tests are used to determine where the student is right now, indicating their strengths and weaknesses, and allowing for goal setting.
Why are we doing this?
The purpose of the assessment is to determine what a student knows and his or her level of academic knowledge. Data is gathered and can be measured to determine growth. Teachers then can use this data to adapt instruction where needed. Counselors and teachers can use it to make recommendations for levels of classes. Through A-C Central, we want to serve the students more effectively and efficiently. We believe NWEA MAP testing will provide this insight.
When will the tests be administered?
We will test the select students three times this year, in the fall, winter, and again in the spring. A-C Central students will take the winter benchmark assessment on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 and Thursday, December 1, 2016.
For more information regarding NWEA MAP testing and resources for parents, download the Parent Toolkit at nwea.org >> Partner Support.