Discover how the Learning Continuum empowers you to create student-specific learning ladders
Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) and MAP for Primary Grades (MPG) interim assessments include our proprietary interactive tool for teachers, the Learning Continuum. Teachers using the Learning Continuum can see what students performing at a given RIT level on MAP assessments are typically ready to learn. From there, they can use the learning statements within the continuum to help them differentiate instruction for both individual students and skill-based activity groups.
MAP Learning Statements provide a fast, flexible way for teachers to create customized learning paths for students and small-group learners. By matching our continuum’s suggested areas of instructional focus against your district’s curriculum, you can maximize your support of students who perform at, above, and below grade level.
Understand which standards students are ready to learn and to master
Our MAP Learning Continuum helps teachers pinpoint where individual students are ready to advance—and where they need help. Since we calibrate the difficulty of all research-based MAP test items to our RIT scale, we’re able to use student RIT scores to create a data-informed continuum of learning that’s based on difficulty, not scope and sequence.
How It Works
- Easy-to-understand learning statements provide an instructional starting point for teachers by describing the skills and concepts that need to be introduced, developed, or reinforced
- Multiple views meet different needs
- RIT scores get connected to skills and concepts students are ready to learn, helping teachers identify and communicate learning goals and targets to students
With the click of a button, see an entire class organized into skill-based activity groups
To help inform decisions for grouping, differentiating instruction, and targeted interventions, the Learning Continuum provides teachers with a Class View by goal, sub-goal, and RIT ranges. It groups students by RIT score bands to clearly show where students are and what they’re ready to learn.
The concept behind the Learning Continuum Test View
The Test View groups the learning statements for a test by RIT band into three columns.
The skills and concepts students appear ready to learn (may require additional scaffolding or pre-teaching)
The closest skills and concepts students in a given RIT range are ready to learn (their zone of proximal development, or ZPD)
Skills and concepts where students show more independence (may need reinforcement to build consistent proficiency and confidence)
A Look Inside
Use this view for easy navigation through the learning statements. You’ll see skills and concepts to reinforce, develop, and introduce with students based on their RIT score for each goal and sub-goal.
This view groups students by RIT score bands to clearly show where students are and what they’re ready to learn. By seeing the skills and concepts students need to develop in each goal and sub-goal area, you can inform your decisions for grouping, differentiating instruction, and targeted interventions.
How the Learning Continuum aids decision making inside and outside the classroom
Empowers teachers to maximize every student’s academic growth
Helps guide instruction for students at all levels, including Gifted and Talented, Title I, and English Language Learners (ELL)
Supports personalized learning paths
Enables teachers to easily scaffold instruction for students struggling with grade level content or challenge high-performing students with new material
Aids curriculum planning
Serves as a resource when developing curriculum or revising programs
Offers insights relevant to school improvement planning
Informs instructional time, flexible grouping, and staffing priorities
Assists student progress monitoring
Helps teachers understand where students are on a learning continuum
Contributes to Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
Identifies specific skills needed to reach targeted goals
Provides discussion points for Parent-Teacher conferences
Connects a student’s MAP test scores to concrete skills and concepts, making it easier for parents to reinforce goals
Is your school or district currently using MAP? While the Learning Continuum replaces DesCartes: A Continuum of Learning® and Primary Grades Instructional Data (PGID), you’ll have access to both DesCartes and PGID throughout the 2014 – 2015 academic year.
Maximize student growth by helping your teachers focus on student goal setting
Work with our professional development specialists to give your teachers hands-on help using the Learning Continuum in lesson planning. Our Informing Instruction workshop provides an effective way to ensure teachers understand how to differentiate through flexible grouping and build scaffolded instructional plans.