MAP Assessment Information from Mrs. Bergstrom –

October 13, 2017

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Student Progress Reports will be attached to each 9,10, and 11th grade report card.  Review this report with your child’s teachers during Parent / Teacher Conferences Oct. 19, 2017.  

+ In the fall of 2007, Lexington Public Schools began using a test instrument developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association.  With over 40 years of experience helping educators accelerate student learning, NWEA professionals are dedicated to improving the depth of learning in our nation’s school systems and across the globe. 

+ In the fall and in the spring of each school year, Lexington students in grades 2 to 11 take a MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) reading and math assessment on the computer.  As a student answers questions, the computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique test.  MAP tests are not timed.  NWEA MAP assessments measure a student’s academic achievement not his or her ability.  Achievement is evidence of what a student has learned and can do. Ability describes a student’s capacity to learn, independent of what has been achieved.   MAP assessments use a scale called RIT to measure student achievement and growth.  RIT stands for Rasch unIT, a measurement scale developed to simplify the interpretation of test scores.  RIT is an equal interval score like feet and inches. Using RIT scores makes it possible to follow a student’s educational growth from year to year, similar to measuring height in feet and inches. 

+ High school students in grades nine, ten, and eleven take MAP tests in reading and math. At the start of the freshman school year for the 2017-18, most ninth graders had seven years of score history (first tested in the fall of their 2nd grade year).  Before the MAP test begins, students are given a personal copy of his/her math and reading score history to review.  The immediate goal is to score a best ever RIT based on their score history and recognize the pattern of achievement growth. When the test is completed, each student records his/her new score information.   This goal sheet is then sent to the student’s homeroom teacher for the student and teacher to partner in determining an academic action plan and to set a RIT goal for the next test season based on the student’s best ever RIT score. The expectation at Lexington High School is to always give best effort.

+ NWEA MAP tests have been given to over 10 million students and there is now sufficient data to predict probable ACT scores.  Using MAP data and other indicators, additional classes have been included in the high school curriculum to further prepare LHS students for college/ career readiness.  The college/career readiness RIT benchmarks gives students a target for growth in both math and reading.  It takes hard work by the student to maximize learning potential.  Providing students accurate information about their learning growth encourages and deepens understanding about the learning skills mastered and those skills that need further development.

+ On the junior goal sheets, the 11th graders will submit an ACT preparation plan for the statewide ACT test in April of 2018 as well as indicate a plan for higher education / career and make an ACT score prediction for the statewide ACT.   

+ Information is power. It is never too soon to begin shaping plans for life after high school.  Students are always encouraged to have further conversations with their guidance counselor.