Portrait in Partnership: Using MAP and MPG Assessment Data to Close Gaps

Using MAP and MPG Assessment Data to Close GapsWorthington City Schools is one of the top-performing districts in the Columbus, Ohio area. Though a quarter of its 9,500 students qualify for free and reduced lunch, 30% are identified as Gifted and Talented, and 90% go to college. Since 2007, Worthington City Schools have used MAP interim assessments to both track K – 12 student achievement and growth, and to inform decisions at every level. After Ohio adopted new learning standards, the district wanted to maximize their support of students, teachers, and administrators. To help do that, they relied heavily on MAP data.

The district’s teachers, instructional teams, and administrators interim assessment results to inform decisions at every level. Worthington’s Director of Academic Achievement and Professional Development, Jennifer Wene, helps explain how MAP and MAP for Primary Grades (MPG) data makes a difference.

At the classroom level:

Teachers use MAP reports to look for growth, set goals with students, and identify patterns. They pay attention to both the bright spots and the gaps in order to determine where to focus more deeply. Grouping for interventions also occurs across classrooms and grades, and instructional teams collaborate to dig deeper into large-scale patterns.

At the school level:

Principals play a critical role. Our principals are just as involved in the use of MAP as our teachers. We believe that if a principal is hands off with data, teachers will be too. But our principals immerse in data, understand it, get excited, and ask to hear the stories behind it—and that can be incredibly motivating for the whole team.

At the district level:

We analyze longitudinal MAP data to determine how each group of students is growing over time, as well as how each year’s students are faring compared to the norms and the previous year’s class. With MAP, we can track the journey students have taken, starting in elementary school. It’s very informative. In 1st grade and above, the district uses MAP growth data as one of several factors that inform teacher evaluation discussions.

In recent years, Worthington’s kindergarteners have entered school performing below the national norm in mathematics. However, each spring they finished the grade performing well above the norm. Across all grades in which Worthington’s entire student population is assessed with MAP (K – 10), students met or exceeded the mathematics growth norms in all but one grade and the reading growth norms in all but two grades.

MAP reports closely monitor students’ growth and target instruction and intervention along educators to direct attention to the outliers. If many students in a class seem to be struggling, they can discuss with the teacher whether they’re using the new curriculum materials and what additional support they may need. The district has made great gains and has a strategy and the tools to continue to guide all students toward college and career readiness.

Here is the full case study on how MAP and MPG growth data made a difference for Worthington City Schools as they transitioned to the Common Core State Standards. Share your stories with us at our Facebook page or send us a Tweet (@NWEA).