As students head back to school this fall, parents are breathing a big sigh of relief as another summer is safely tucked away. As a former teacher, however, however, I remember this moment. It’s go-time! Beyond getting back into the teaching rhythm, teachers need to start thinking about the best ways to prepare their students for fall testing, as many schools will soon be delivering a MAP® Growth™ assessment. Here are five things for teachers to consider as they prepare for MAP Growth testing this fall.
- Consider what kind of information to send home to parents. Involving parents in the testing process is smart. Check out this short video that teachers can play for parents introducing them to MAP Growth and what it measures. On NWEA Connection, our user community, we have letters intended for parents that you can customize with your own school logo. These letters give a brief overview of MAP Growth and some context for when reports are sent home later. On our website, check out the section dedicated to providing Resources for Parentsor download the Parent’s Guide to MAP (available multiple languages here).
- Check out the Student Profile Report to make the most of MAP Growth data. The Student Profile Report is a great tool for teachers to visualize and quickly understand student test data (the brief overview on this page, “Reports Designed for Insight,” demonstrates the report highlights). In addition, the Achievement Status and Growth report is an excellent starting point for looking at predicted growth for students from term to term (fall to winter, winter to spring).
- Understand which students still need to be tested. The Test History Search will allow you to find our which students have suspended or not started testing. To access this report, you will need to be assigned as a proctor. For other rostering questions go to the Roster and Data Help Center (login required).
- Be sure to check out the Norms. Educators use the RIT Scale Norms to compare students nationally based on their achievement status and changes in growth. MAP Normative Data for 2015can be found on our website.
- Understand the accessibility and accommodation features inherent with MAP Growth. We are committed to making our products accessible for all Various accommodations and accessibility features for MAP Growth assessments ensure that all students can benefit from assessment activities.
Practice tests are also available and provide the same access and functionality as real MAP Growth tests. The practice tests are available from the warmup link on the student login page. While taking a practice test, students will be able to familiarize themselves with tools such as the highlighter and calculator. Using third-party software, students can also practice with the screen reader, magnification, and color contrast tools.
We also offer Accessibility tests that are compatible with Job Access with Speech (JAWS), enabling students with visual impairments to take the MAP Growth test. For a complete rundown of item aids, test aids, accessibility and accommodations, learn more with our Accessibility and Accommodations FAQ.
Another resource worth reviewing prior to testing is a post we shared in August – Seven Things to Communicate to Students Before Testing. Finally, we created a classroom poster of testing tips to share with students (log in to our community to download).
Good luck this fall, and here’s to a great school year!