Technical brief

Comparability analysis of remote and in-person MAP Growth testing in fall 2020

November 2020

By: Megan Kuhfeld, Karyn Lewis, Patrick Meyer, Beth Tarasawa


This study compared the psychometric characteristics and indicators of test quality of fall 2020 MAP Growth tests administered remotely and in-person. Using test scores from over 535,000 K-8 students in 147 school districts (92 operating fully remotely this fall, 55 offering in-person instruction to all students), this study provides insight into the comparability of remote versus in-school assessment. We found high levels of marginal reliability and test engagement across all grades, as well as consistent trends in test scores for remote and in-person tests for students in grades 3-8. Taken together, these findings increase confidence in the quality of data gathered from remotely administered MAP Growth assessments in grades 3 and up.

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