Four Ways MAP or MPG Interim Assessments Can Support the Transition to the Common Core

Four Ways MAP or MPG Interim Assessments Can Support the Transition to the Common Core Many school districts across the country use our interim assessment MAP®, or Measures of Academic Progress® and MPG®, or MAP for Primary Grades. We’ve aligned them to work with the Common Core State Standards currently being implemented in many of these same districts. Common Core MAP interim assessments deliver valid, reliable, and real-time growth and proficiency data that educators can use to help students learn and teachers teach.

There are several ways that MAP and MPG can enhance your Common Core implementation efforts. Here are four:

1. MAP/MPG allows you to measure student growth and instructional readiness at the beginning, middle, and end of the year.

MAP interim assessments are built on our RIT scales– stable for more than two decades – to provide valid, reliable, and consistent results about student achievement and growth. The cross-grade item pool lets you assess students who are performing below, on-grade, or above grade level with appropriate levels of challenge to identify a student’s current achievement levels.  Teachers can use the results immediately to make informed instructional decisions including flexible grouping.  This can help at a time when proficiency scores on state tests are changing due to the shift in standards. While proficiency may appear to have dropped off, growth data allow districts to demonstrate that students are progressing academically.

2. MAP/MPG supplies you with growth information that provides important context for data interpretation and evaluation during and after your transition to next-generation assessments.

NWEA’s Norming studies provide status norms by peer group, enabling you place student achievement into context. NWEA re-norms frequently – typically every three to four years – so that the peer group comparisons are relevant to the students in class today.   NWEA norms also enable projections of typical growth seen for each student’s norms group – which lets teachers and students set meaningful learning goals.

3. MAP/MPG offers an additional data point for measuring your students’ college and career readiness.

Our researchers recently examined test scores from 26,000 students across 140 schools and found that a student’s MAP scores in reading, English, and mathematics predict EXPLORE®, PLAN®, and ACT® scores with a high level of accuracy.

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4. MAP/MPG permits you to evaluate program effectiveness

MAP interim assessments produce longitudinal data that enables schools to evaluate the effectiveness of program investments over time. MAP data can also help create and reinforce data-driven instructional practices, evaluate academic programs, and identify teacher professional development needs.

If your school or district uses MAP or MPG, the assessments can be instrumental in the transition to new standards.