Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) are K – 12 interim assessments that measure growth, project proficiency on state accountability tests, and inform how educators differentiate instruction, evaluate programs, and structure curriculum. Computer adaptive MAP assessments reveal precisely which academic skills and concepts the student has acquired and what they’re ready to learn. MAP assessments are grade independent and adapt to each student’s instructional level.
MAP data is powerful and can be put to great use to improve instruction and student learning. Here are six ways MAP data can help students and teachers alike:
- Compare and predict student achievement. Using exclusive normative and growth information MAP assessment data can be accurately used to compare and predict student achievement.
- As a universal screener/RTI placement. MAP assessments adapt beyond grade level to find the true level of a student’s performance, helping educators identify at-risk students and build a learning plan. MAP assessments received the highest possible rating for classification accuracy, and high ratings in all other categories, from the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI).
- For differentiated instruction. Students within the same grade often perform at different grade levels, and educators face the challenge of ensuring that every child—from highest to lowest achievers—continues to grow. MAP data make it easy to identify learning levels so teachers can engage in differentiated instruction and skill-based grouping that leads to positive results for every child.
- For student goal setting. Students become more committed to the learning process when they can set goals and see results. Using the Student Goal Setting worksheet and other MAP tools, it’s easy for teachers and students to build an action plan together, and for parents to become engaged in the process.
- To predict proficiency. MAP provides information on where students are performing on individual state and Common Core standards, so test results can be used to project proficiency on high-stakes tests. MAP includes technology-enhanced item types and features that allow for deep assessment of reading, language usage, and mathematics comprehension, and increased cognitive complexity, or Depth of Knowledge, enabling students to demonstrate evidence of their learning.
- For parent communication. MAP helps parents see where students are starting from, and track their growth over time.
Teachers depend on MAP data to help them streamline teaching strategies and provide differentiated instruction, and to create flexible grouping across the classroom. School and district leaders use MAP data to evaluate programs and monitor school and student performance relative to growth, proficiency, and norms. District decision makers rely on MAP data to aid in resource management, help determine performance trends by grade and school, and compare local student achievement to the national scale. MAP data can help all of these stakeholders make the tough decisions necessary to improve student learning.
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