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Parent Information - MAP Assessments

 

In 2012-13, Guilderland Central School District will introduce students in grades K-8 to the Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP) tests that are designed to make it easier and faster for teachers to benchmark each student’s instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year. Twice each year, students will take a set of computerized MAP tests in Reading, Language Usage, and Math.

What is MAP testing?
MAP assessments are adaptive tests which help teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and assist them in making informed decisions that promote a child’s individual academic growth. MAP tests -- which are web based and scored instantly -- are not intended to replace state testing that is administered annually. Instead, they complement those tests by providing a tailored, year-round assessment of each individual student. This is especially important as our schools, as well as all schools throughout New York, transition to the Common Core Learning Standards. All New York State curriculum and testing will be aligned with the Common Core by 2014 and will be administered via online testing. Teachers in every classroom are working hard to provide a smooth transition to these promising new standards of education.

Download an important letter for parents from Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Demian Singleton (PDF)

For more information, download the NWEA Parent Toolkit (PDF)

 

Who will be tested?
Students in grades kindergarten through grade 8 will be tested in the 2012-13 school year. Students in K-2 will take a test called the MAP Primary, which is specifically tailored to early learners.

When will my student be tested and how often?
Students will be tested twice a year -- in the fall and in the spring. Depending on your student’s grade level, the first round of 2012-13 MAP testing will take place between October 15 and November 30, 2012.

How much time do students spend taking MAP tests?
Twice each year, students will spend approximately fifty minutes to complete each test. MAP is not, however, a timed test, so each student will complete the test at their own pace. Younger students, in grades K-2, will spend approximately 15-30 for their testing sessions.

Do all students in the same grade take the same test?
No. MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. For instance, if a student performs well on the first questions of the math test, questions will adapt and become more difficult as the student continues the test. Likewise, a student who struggles on the first questions will receive easier questions that are geared toward that student’s expected level of progress. As a result, each student will have the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.

Why would students as young as Kindergarten need to be tested?
The MAP tests given to K-2 students are known as MAP Primary tests. Parents can be assured that for students in the early grades (K-2), the test has been carefully tailored for early learners. Early identification of achievement levels by teachers is key to establishing an environment for early academic success. Early learners often begin school with a variety of educational experiences. These tests will help teachers quickly identify the needs of K-2 students, from struggling to advanced learners.

What are the MAP test results used for?
MAP is used to measure a student’s progress or growth in school. They are important to teachers because they let teachers know where a student’s strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. Teachers use this information to help them guide instruction in the classroom. With the computerized MAP tests, teachers will be able to use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth.

How can I help my child prepare for MAP testing?
Listed below are some suggested ways that parents can help prepare their children for MAP testing:

Provide a comfortable, quiet place for studying at home.

Make sure that your child is well-rested on school days, especially the day of the test. Children who are tired are less able to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of a test.

Give your child a well-rounded diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind.

Provide books and magazines for your child to read at home. By reading new material, a child learns a new words that might appear on a test.

Meet with your child’s teacher as often as needed to discuss his or her progress. Parents and teachers working together benefits your child.

 

Where can I go for more information about MAP testing?
You can talk with your child’s teacher, contact Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Demian Singleton, or go directly to the NWEA website.

 

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