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MAP Growth Parent Information

What is a MAP Growth?

The Measures of Academic Progress or MAP tests are achievement measures in mathematics, reading, and language usage that are delivered to students on the computer. Students view each question on the computer screen, then select an answer using the mouse or the keyboard. Unlike fixed-form paper and pencil tests with a set group of items, the MAP test adjusts to each student’s performance. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next question is easier. This type of assessment challenges top performers without overwhelming students whose skills are below grade level.

What is MAP Growth?

How often will my child take MAP Growth tests?
First Baptist Christian Academy will administer the MAP Growth test to students in grades K-7 at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year (in the fall, winter, and spring).

What subjects will my child be tested in?
Students will be tested in Math, Reading and Language (K-2 Math and Reading only).  

What happens after the test? 

After each MAP test, students receive a RIT score.  RIT scores have the same meaning across grade levels. If a second-grade student and a fifth-grade student have the same RIT score in reading, then they are testing at the same level in that subject. This stable scale allows teachers to accurately measure each student’s academic growth throughout the school year and over time. You can use your child’s RIT score to help them meet their goals.  You can check out online resources that use RIT scores to provide students with book recommendations and web-based exercises, such as YourReadingPath.com and KhanAcademy.org.

How do schools and teachers us MAP Growth Scores?
Teachers can use the score to inform instruction, personalize learning, and monitor the growth of individual students. Principals and administrators can use the scores to see the performance and progress of a grade level or school.

Can MAP Growth tell me if my child is working at grade level?
Yes, but please note that MAP Growth scores are just one data point that teachers use to determine how a student is performing.  

What types of questions are on MAP Growth tests?
The MAP Growth tests include multiple choice, drag-and-drop, and other types of questions. For sample tests, visit Warmup.NWEA.org.

Will I get a copy of my child’s MAP Growth test results?
Yes, you will receive a family report with your child’s MAP Growth results.  (electronic copy for secondary and paper copy for elementary).  

Remember, your child’s MAP Growth RIT score is not a grade. Instead, it is a single data point that helps their teacher know what they are ready to learn next. It is there to inform the teacher’s instructional decisions

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