Seven Ways Educators Can Put MAP Growth Data to Work in Their Classrooms

Seven Ways Educators Can Put MAP Growth Data to Work in Their ClassroomsMAP® Growth™ K-12 interim assessments provide powerful data that can be used by teachers, district administrators, principals, and students to advance learning. MAP Growth data provides essential information about a student’s continuum of learning and growth trajectory, which is why educators around the globe trust MAP Growth to deliver instructional insights that help them accelerate student learning.

Here are seven ways educators can put MAP Growth data to work in their schools and classrooms:

  1. To differentiate instruction. MAP Growth data makes it easy to identify students’ different learning levels, so teachers can engage in differentiated instruction and ability grouping that leads to positive results for every student.
  2. To evaluate programs. With tightening budgets and expanding student populations, MAP Growth data have become a key component in assessing the impact of specific programs. MAP Growth scores contribute to understanding what works, so when special programs are instituted, educators can see precisely how much growth has occurred with participating students.
  3. To use as a universal screener/RTI placement tool. Universal screening tools can be used to identify students at risk of academic failure and to inform a learning plan. Grade-independent MAP Growth assessments received the highest possible rating for classification accuracy and high ratings in all other categories from the Center on Response to Intervention (http://www.rti4success.org/).
  4. To predict college readiness. Educators build a foundation for higher learning success. For students in fifth grade and above, there are high predictive relationships between MAP Growth scores and the college readiness benchmarks of ACT achievement tests.
  5. To help teachers set student goals. Students become more committed to the learning process when they help set goals and then see the results. Using the Student Goal Setting worksheet and other NWEA tools, it’s easy for teachers and students to build an action plan together and for parents to become engaged in the process.
  6. To project proficiency on state tests. MAP Growth items enable NWEA Research to analyze students’ performance on MAP Growth as compared to other assessments. From there, NWEA researchers create state-specific linking studies that predict proficiency on state accountability assessments, as well as college readiness linking studies that predict college readiness for grade 5+ students as measured by ACT benchmarks.
  7. To inform parents on student progress. MAP Growth data can help teachers effectively engage with parents by showing them where students are starting from, and how they can track their growth over time.

In addition to the reporting capabilities the MAP Suite of assessments provides, we partner with a wide range of instructional content providers to help close the loop between the assessment results you get with MAP Growth and MAP® Skills™, and the direct next steps to ultimately enhance student learning. For a list of these partners and how they use MAP data, visit our blog Resources for Putting MAP Assessment Data to Work.

Finally, our partnership with Khan Academy brings you MAP to Khan Academy. Because students’ MAP Growth and MAP Growth K-2 RIT scores correlate to Khan Academy math exercises online, you can quickly and easily differentiate instruction for students with diverse abilities.

The power of MAP Growth 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!