Why is MAP Growth Essential? Three Educators Explain

Why is MAP Growth Essential? Three Educators ExplainThis week, two teachers and a superintendent – all MAP Growth users – talked about how the MAP Growth assessment is valuable for teaching and learning. Reflecting back on the school year, the educators explain the impact of useful, reliable data on engaging students in their own learning. These are their stories.

  1. In New York’s Newsday, the editorial board writes that “There are tests that no one boycotts.” The board advocates for “the adoption of effective, adaptive testing” – and mentions MAP Growth specifically as an example. The editorial states:
    “Such MAP tests are the reason Rockville Centre School District Superintendent Bill Johnson doesn’t mind that 60 percent of his third- through eighth-graders opt out of the required state tests. His district also offers MAP [Growth] testing in kindergarten through eighth grade.
    ‘It’s an incredibly valuable tool and the teachers and parents love it,’ Johnson said. ‘It provides a real comfort level.’ And how many take it? ‘Oh, no one opts out of the MAP,’ Johnson said.”
    Read the full editorial here.

  3. Fourth grade teacher Ashley Randall of Colinas del Norte Elementary in New Mexico writesTesting has its place in education” in the Albuquerque Journal:
    “As a teacher, I use tests throughout the school year to measure my students’ progress and to better understand how I can support their learning. These tests also provide valuable feedback to students and their parents on where students excel and where they may need some additional help. Instead of feeling frustrated, students have the tools and the opportunity to monitor their own growth and the impact of their efforts.
    Just this past school year, one of my students was able to see that he grew 25 points in math and reading on the MAP [Growth] assessment – 15 points more than the majority of his peers. Being able to show him what he could do and where he excelled helped him gain confidence.”
    Read Ashley’s full story here.

  5. Sarah Beachkovsky, an eighth grade teacher in South Carolina, writes about what MAP Growth means to her and her students in this Hechinger Report column, “When Hurricane Matthew hit my community hard, these tests kept my eighth graders from losing more ground.”
    “While student testing often receives negative attention, my colleagues and I take an alternate view on it. That’s why when there was a question about eliminating the spring Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP, growth assessment, our English department spoke up.
    [D]ata can and should provide valuable information to teachers, students and parents about each child’s learning, and it is a critical tool for developing my teaching strategy and curriculum.
    Assessments are also a valuable tool to help put kids in the driver’s seat of their own learning by giving them ownership of their education…. The spring MAP test shows students right away the culmination of their year of hard work. They see the goals they have met and growth they’ve made, which they can be proud of and celebrate.”
    Read Sarah’s full column here.

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