MAP Growth is a K-12 interim assessment that measures growth – and the data it provides can help educators project proficiency on state accountability tests, support differentiated instruction, and serve as an input for program evaluation. Because MAP Growth assessments are computer-adaptive, they can help identify a student’s current academic achievement level and what they’re ready to learn next, regardless of the grade level they’re in. While these things will never change, NWEA is always looking for innovative ways to extend the power of MAP Growth interim assessments so that they benefit all students.
Here are three things you might not know about MAP Growth assessments:
- There’s a MAP Growth Spanish. Getting accurate scores for English language learners (ELL) whose first language is Spanish is important. There are two Spanish-language MAP Growth assessments available to support Spanish-speaking students:
- MAP Growth Spanish Math tests. This Spanish-language version of the MAP Growth Mathematics test gives an accurate picture of native Spanish speakers’ performance in math, enabling educators to measure ELL students’ knowledge of mathematics accurately, improve instruction, engage students and families in setting goals, track students’ growth, and make accurate comparisons between English- and Spanish-language scores.
- MAP Growth Spanish Reading Screener. This short Spanish-language screener, along with other student data, helps teachers answer the question, “What reading skills does this student possess in their native language?” This acts as one data point to help educators know where to focus instruction for both reading and English language to more effectively meet each student’s needs.
- There’s a MAP Growth Science. MAP Growth Science provides data for teachers on the science knowledge that students possess and supports learners as they aspire towards STEM- or STEAM-focused areas of study. In addition, there is a version of MAP Growth Science for use with Next Generation Science Standards (2013) (NGSS) – aligned to those standards for states, districts, or schools that have adopted NGSS.
- MAP Growth offers many accessibility and accommodation features. NWEA is committed to making MAP Growth accessible for all students and including universal and designated features that ensure all students can benefit from these assessment activities.
- Did you know that practice tests are 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 (note: highlighter is not available for tests taken on an iPad® or for MAP Growth K-2). Using third-party software, students can also practice with the screen reader, magnification, and color contrast tools.
- There are screen readers available. In addition to reading text, screen reader applications provide structural information that non-sighted users need to navigate a webpage or document. For example, JAWS announces what item you’ve navigated to, such as a button, link, or edit field. Screen readers will also read alternative text descriptions for images—if they are provided.
- Text-to-speech capabilities are now available. Text-to-speech is an assistive technology that reads digital text aloud. This capability is now incorporated into MAP Growth to ensure assessments that are accessible to all students.
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