Nine Ways MAP Helps International Schools with Their Assessment Needs

Nine Ways MAP Helps International Schools with Their Assessment NeedsIn a recent post by Kathy Dyer – MAP Around the World – she detailed her experience at the first Fall MAP Summit sponsored by the Central & Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA). The event hosted by The Berlin Brandenburg International School saw folks from 19 schools and 17 countries around Western, Central, and Eastern Europe come together to discuss Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). This first European summit was a success as well as a reality check to the ways that MAP and MAP data can help international schools.

With that in mind, here are nine international school needs and the way that MAP and MAP data addresses those needs:

  1. An external assessment to measure student growth and program effectiveness
    MAP K – 12 computer adaptive interim assessments are the gold standard for assessment among international schools. In fact, over 700 international schools in 146 countries use MAP to track student performance, to inform differentiated instruction, and to compare performance against external trends.
  1. To compare performance to students in the U.S.
    MAP norms
    give a reliable comparison point to student performance in the U.S. Our robust norms feature both status (percentile) and growth indicators for individual students and schools.
  1. To compare performance to other international schools
    The International Data Dashboard provides a tool that helps educators understand student performance. Comparisons can be made to other international schools in the region you’re in, your membership organization, or your specific country.
  1. To ensure assessment literacy and effective data use by staff
    We offer professional development courses and coaching devoted to the use of MAP, differentiating instruction, setting student and school goals, and establishing a culture of data use.
  1. Showing evidence of continuous improvement through your MAP data
    We partner with accreditation agencies to support schools as they use MAP to meet accreditation standards for formative assessment, to measure performance, and to compare school performance externally.
  1. Indicators of students’ college and career readiness
    MAP norms, Common Core-adaptive tests, and the MAP College Readiness Benchmarks Study all help predict students’ college readiness.
  1. To monitor progress and provide skill interventions
    Skills Navigator®, an intuitive skills mastery and progress monitoring tool designed for grades K – 8, allows teachers to identify skill gaps in students performing at, above, or below grade level. Once these gaps have been identified, teachers can easily assign targeted instructional resources linked within Skills Navigator. Mastery checks can be used on an as-needed basis to monitor progress throughout the year and to gauge a student’s responses to intervention.
  1. To ensure that students are ready for International Baccalaureate® assessments
    MAP identifies student strengths and areas of need, allowing teachers to better prepare students for the IB curriculum and examinations.
  1. To meet the unique needs of young learners
    MAP for Primary Grades (MPG) includes screening tools and skill-specific assessments that help teachers maximize their K – 2 students’ learning potential.

International schools have relied on MAP for over a decade now to provide effective assessments and teacher professional development. We look forward to more MAP Summits ahead!