|Monday, 28 January 2013 13:50|
Every year Manara Academy actively participates in measuring its students growth, between the fall and spring, by using state aligned, computer based testing called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). The test is developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). These tests determine your child’s instructional level and measure academic growth from year to year in the areas of mathematics, reading and science (pending on grade level). MAP tests are unique in that they are adaptive tests your child took on a computer. In essence, each test is customized to the student to pinpoint each student’s appropriate instructional level.
Your child’s MAP results are reported in RIT scores. This is a different type of score than a typical test that provides a percentage correct. It is also different than many tests that provide results based on your child’s score compared to others in his or her grade. Instead, the RIT score is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, that is unrelated to age or grade level of the student. As a result, we can easily measure growth in learning. This type of score increases the value of the tests as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers to recognize where to focus attention for your child’s learning.
MAP tests are aligned to Texas Standards and are often used as an indicator of preparedness for state assessments. Most districts administer the MAP two times each year to allow educators to monitor the progress of students. Student test results are maintained from one testing window to the next, so teachers and parents can monitor the growth of individual students year after year.
The tables attach to this letter show the mean RIT score for different grades based on national norms. For example, nationally students who are performing at the 4th grade level in reading typically have a mean reading score of 199.8 at the beginning of school and 206.7 at the end of school. Students who are performing nationally at the 4th grade level in math typically have a mean math score of 203.8 at the beginning of school and a 212.5 at the end of school.
NWEA is a snapshot in time. When many snapshots are taken they can be reviewed from year to year. We will have many data points for your student, so there may be a dip in scores. This is normal as students may have “off” days. A few students may dip in the spring and recover in the fall and this pattern becomes evident after a few years of testing that student. If your child’ score has not increased, but the child is performing well in class, waiting until the next test session will help determine if the child had an “off” day during testing. Since the NWEA presents more challenging questions as a child answers correctly, it is difficult to achieve a “false high”. This means if a child scores a 200 on the fall test and a 195 on the spring test, the first test is likely the best measure.
We hope you find the reports informative. We are truly excited to offer an assessment that focuses on every child’s individual growth and achievement. If you have further questions about your child’s MAP scores, please contact your child’s teacher.
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