The Power of MAP Data in the Classroom

The Power of MAP Data in the ClassroomDistrict administrators. Principals. Teachers. All of these school-based roles can take advantage of the tremendous value that the Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) assessment data can deliver.

District administrators can use MAP data to evaluate programs, predict outcomes on accountability tests, allocate resources and plan professional development programs. Principals can use the data to identify trends for students and grades within their schools, create flexible learning groups, and target professional development for teachers. Teachers can use MAP results to understand a student’s instructional readiness, plan differentiated instruction, set goals with students, monitor progress toward those goals and communicate with parents.

Besides using MAP data to understand each student’s needs, teachers can also take immediate action by adjusting instruction and re-grouping students frequently to make sure they are always learning what they need to and advancing when they’re ready to move on. For example, while teachers might aim to move students every six weeks, there are some students who might move after two or three weeks. With the help of high-quality longitudinal data from MAP—as well as more granular skills mastery data from Skills Navigator® and other formative assessment measures—informing their flexible curriculum and instruction, teachers build a personal pathway to success for each student.

Teachers can also use MAP data to engage students in conversation about setting goals for the year.  In this way, teachers are helping students become ever-more empowered in their own learning. Teachers can also check in frequently with students, asking them to reflect on their progress, what they did in a particular week to meet their goals, and what they plan to do differently to increase their RIT scores.

Seeing the direct impact of smart data use and personalized learning on student growth can be extremely rewarding—for both students and teachers. The real-time data that MAP provides also can reassure teachers that they are on the right track during the year. Using programs at the students’ instructional level – and not at their grade level – can help drive accelerated student growth.

Here are some other ideas that teachers can use to put MAP data to work in the classroom:

  • 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).
  • 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.

The power of MAP data comes from its timeliness, the understandability of the data, and ability to apply the data to improve student learning. These attributes give teachers and administrators (not to mention parents and students) the ability to put the data to work!