Measures of Academic ProgressĀ® (MAPĀ®)

Dear parents and guardians, 

Our goal at Crossroads Christian School (CCS) is to provide a high-quality current assessment that includes helpful and technical resources at a minimal cost.  With this goal in mind, CCS researched testing companies and their products (tests and assessments that promote student achievement and learning with a full range of research-based standardized achievement tests, reports, and services), and then made the decision on a test that best fits these criteria. This assessment is scheduled every Spring and is optional.

* The achievement test we chose is not in any way related to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, commonly referred to as its acronym STAAR. 

We are choosing to administer the Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) for achievement testing. The fee is $36.00/ student. Crossroads Christian School is absorbing the additional cost to administer the test and there will be no further charges for students who are testing. 

Computer adaptive MAP assessments reveal precisely which academic skills and concepts the student has acquired and what they're ready to learn. MAP assessments are grade independent and adapt to each student's instructional level. Every item on a MAP assessment is anchored to a vertically aligned equal interval scale, called the RIT scale for Rasch UnIT, a stable measurement, like inches on a ruler, that covers all grades.

And because the measurement is reliable and accurate, RIT scores serve as an essential data point in a student's learning plan; educators and parents can see their precise learning level and respond accordingly.

Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) are interim assessments that:

·         measure growth,

·         project proficiency on high-stakes tests (college entry exams),

·         and inform how educators differentiate instruction, evaluate programs, and structure curriculum.

 


TESTING DAY INFORMATION

 You should not have your child study for this test. This test is not part of the child’s grade and is simply used to indicate where the child is academically. Spending time studying may result and prevent the parent from seeing an accurate picture of the child’s academic progress. The most accurate picture of where your child ranks against the norm group is taken when the child does not study for the test. You should also ensure that your child gets a good night’s rest. Remind the student prior to taking the test that the test is not a part of their grade and that there will be unfamiliar material on the test.

 

* Times for lunch, PE, etc., will continue throughout the week as close to our regular schedule as possible.  Students need to come to class expecting to follow their normal routine.

* Students NOT testing do not come to campus this week.

 

TYPICAL TESTING DAYS/TIME

TIME: 9:00-2:00 Please drop you student off as close to 9am as possible. We want to ensure the children are relaxed and not stressed about the testing.

DATE: TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY doors will open at 9:00 am so every student will have an opportunity to arrive and get settled before we begin.

COST: $36 per student. Please have your fees turned in by due date as this is the deadline with the testing company. Fees paid after the deadline will not be accepted and students cannot test.

TESTING ENVIRONMENT: no cell phones. Cell phones should be left at home or turned in to the office or their teacher. Snacks are okay – students can bring their own snack or drink and can snack during the test. Snacks will be available for purchase. Students go home when they have completed their testing for the day.

DAY: Students TEST on TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY.

* Students NOT testing do not come to campus this week.

 

MAP TEST INFORMATION

MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress which is produced by the non-profit North West Educational Association (NWEA). You can visit the NWEA website at www.nwea.org for more information. Standardized tests are a nationally normed test. The MAP tests are normed for accuracy and the adaptive nature of this test will help identify your child's level of academic achievement. 

Example: When your 3rd grader begins the test, the first question will be a typical third grade level question. If your child answers the question correctly, the next question will be slightly more difficult. As your child continues to answer questions correctly, the test gets progressively more difficult. When your child answers a question incorrectly, the next question is adjusted to be slightly more manageable. The MAP test is successful in identifying the actual academic level of the child as it adapts back and forth to find the level of the students' academic comprehension, knowledge, and skills.

The unique College Explorer tool enables fifth through ninth grade students to use their MAP® scores to see which colleges and universities they're on track to enter long before they embark on the college application process.  The tool can also serve as an opportunity to set academic goals focused on admittance at a preferred institution.

Additionally, the tool provides a quantitative profile of each institution using data from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard, which includes valuable information on cost of attendance and the average annual cost to families at different income levels. This crucial information shows students and families their projected costs for attending a given college through graduation, as well as graduates' typical earnings.

 

TESTING RESULTS

Scoring gives you an accurate picture of where your child is in relation to other children of the same age and grade group. Results provide detailed diagnostic information, norm- and criterion-referenced scores, and performance-level data in Language skills, Math, and Reading. Crossroads will receive results about two weeks after all testing is complete.  

Schedule:

Testing lasts three consecutive days and promptly begins at 9:00am (with appropriate breaks for students in 1st through 12th grade). We ask that your students be on-time and prepared for testing. Please bring your student on time. We cannot accommodate make-up days during the testing period. Only testing students are allowed on campus. 

Preparation:

Make sure your student gets plenty of sleep and a good breakfast. Snacks will be available for purchase. Students need to bring some scratch paper, at least two sharpened #2 pencils, an eraser, a ruler (with inches and centimeters) and grades 8-12 a standard scientific calculator (if they choose). Please note that cell phones are not allowed as calculators.

Make-ups:

Test make-ups are not scheduled until regular testing has been completed and we determine the need for any. Parents are responsible for contacting the office if their student misses the test, and additional fees will be required ($ 36 for normal group testing, $75 for private tests).

 

Thanks for your help! We can make a difference in your child's educational future. 


Frequently Asked Questions

How will you use MAP data?

Based on over 30 years of solid research, our computer adaptive interim assessments do more than create personalized test experiences for every student: they provide the most stable scale and data in the assessment industry. Educators around the globe trust MAP and our interactive MAP Learning Continuum to deliver instructional insights that help them accelerate student learning.

  • Teachers

Personalize instruction in order to maximize every student's academic growth

  • Principals

Track the achievement and growth of individual students and classrooms and help evaluate the success of your programs

  • Educational leaders

Understand the progress of every student, classroom, and school in your district

Quick Reference

This guide was created as a resource to help your family better understand MAP and your child's  results.

1.         What is MAP?

You may be familiar with paper and pencil tests where all students are asked the same questions and spend a fixed amount of time taking the test. Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®), created by Northwest Evaluation Association? (NWEA?), is different. MAP is a computer adaptive test, which means every student gets a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions get harder. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions get easier. By the end of the test, most students will answer about half the questions correctly.

2.         What does MAP measure?

MAP results are provided as a numerical RIT score. This score is used to measure a student's achievement level at different times of the school year and compute growth. Think of this like marking height on a growth chart. You can tell how tall your child is at various points in time and how much they have grown between one time and another.

3.         What is a RIT score?

After each MAP test, students receive a RIT score. Think of the score as a student's height. The score reflects the student's academic knowledge, skills, and abilities like inches reflect   height.

The RIT (Rasch Unit) scale is a stable, equal-interval scale, like feet and inches. Equal-interval means that a change of 10 RIT points indicates the same thing regardless of whether a student is at the top, bottom, or middle of the scale, and a RIT score has the same meaning regardless of grade level or age of the student. Scores over time can be compared to tell how much growth a student has made, similar to measuring height with a ruler.

You can find out more about the RIT scale here.

4.         How do schools and teachers use MAP scores?

NWEA provides many different reports to help schools and teachers use MAP information. Schools, grade levels, and classes can be monitored to see how students are growing.

Teachers can see the progress of individual students and of their class as a whole. Students with similar MAP scores are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics. MAP also provides data around the typical growth for students who are in the same grade, subject, and have the same starting achievement level. This data is often used to help students set goals and understand what they need to learn to achieve their   goals.

5.         Can MAP tell me if my child is working at grade   level?

Just as a doctor has a chart showing the most common heights of people at certain ages, NWEA has put together charts showing the median RIT scores for students at various grade levels. NWEA researchers examined the scores of millions of students to find the average scores for students in various grades. You can see a chart of these scores in  the Comparative Data to Inform Instructional Decisions PDF. Please note that MAP scores are just one data point  that teachers use to determine how a student is performing. Please discuss any questions that you have about your child's performance with your child's  teacher.

6.         What subjects are available with MAP?

There are MAP tests for grades 2 - 12 in reading, language usage, mathematics, and  science.

There are also Primary Grades tests for grades K - 2 in reading and mathematics. With these child-friendly tests for young learners, students wear headphones since many questions include audio to assist those who are still learning  to read. The tests for grades K - 2 may also be referred to as MAP for Primary Grades (MPG).

9.         Is MAP a standardized test? How is it different from "high- stakes" or state tests?

Most state or high-stakes tests are called summative tests. They measure what students already know, based on what is expected at their grade level, and are typically given at the end of the school year as a way to measure grade-level proficiency.

MAP tests are interim tests. This means they may be given periodically during the year. MAP is based on the same standards as the summative tests so they measure similar content. Teachers receive immediate results with MAP that show what students know and what they are ready to learn. The results can be used to help personalize lessons at   the appropriate level for the students.

10.       What type of questions are on MAP tests? Are there sample tests?

The MAP tests include multiple choice, drag and drop, and other types of questions. You can access some short sample tests to get an idea of what MAP questions look  like.

11.       Are MAP tests accessible?

Yes, NWEA is committed to making our tests accessible for all students. Download our Accessibility and Accommodations  FAQ  for more details.

12.       What information will I receive from my child's  school?

Most schools will provide your child's Student Progress Report. This report contains information and scores from    your child's most recent and past MAP tests. A simplified sample report with definitions and explanations is included in this document to help you better understand the report. Please contact your child's school or teacher directly for any  additional information.

 13.      How do I learn more about my child's test   results?

Contact your child's school or teacher with any specific questions you may have about your child's test results.

Due to privacy laws regarding student information (specifically stemming from the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, FERPA), NWEA is unable to discuss any student information, test results, or school assessment programs directly with parents, guardians, or other family  members.

14.       How can I help my child prepare for MAP  tests?

Your child's teacher will help with any pre-test instructions to explain the test to the students. Just like any school day, make sure your child is well-rested and fed with a well-rounded diet. Encourage them to do their best.

15.       What does NWEA do with my child's information? Is it  secure?

NWEA uses technological and operational measures to ensure security and privacy. A few of these include: regular security audits and monitoring, technological controls, physical access controls, and privacy training for employees.

NWEA does not use your child's personally identifiable information (PII) for any purpose other than to provide services to    your child's school. Combined information that has been stripped of PII, and therefore is not traceable to any student, is used for research and development so we can continuously improve our products and accelerate learning for all students.

We do not sell PII. Data sharing (if any) is completely at the control of the educational institutions that purchase our products.