MAP Scores are Empowering

May 12, 2016

The following is content taken from the remarks prepared by Mrs. Bergstrom, school librarian, that were intended for the Academic Pep Rally held at Lexington High School on May 4, 2016. Students were recognized for meeting his/her MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessment growth goals based on the spring 2016 test results. These assessments are coordinated and given by the library staff.  Because of the number of state assessments given to juniors in the spring of the year, currently only 9th and 10th graders take the spring MAP test.   Time limitations eliminated delivering these remarks at the pep rally to the student body, staff and guests.

There is a quote on the LHS library wall that reads:

“The best jobs of the future will go to those who empower themselves with a capacity to shape their future.” 

Best jobs – what does that mean?

For some of us, best means – most money, least hours, serving self, and acquiring all the stuff we want.

For some of us, best means – making a difference in the lives of others, leaving the world better than I found it . . . adding value rather than taking, and acquiring stuff as needed. 

Most likely your idea of ‘best’ will evolve in your years after high school as you navigate life.

But I think the important word in that quote is EMPOWER.

“The best jobs of the future will go to those who empower themselves with a capacity to shape their future.” 

Why do we do school?  Why do we think it is important that every child be given a free  ‘$100,000+ Kindergarten – 12th grade public education’? How does this empower us?  Beyond academics, what lessons are learned?  ---  Showing up – on time, giving best effort at every task,  accepting and welcoming challenging, rigorous assignments and tests, developing stamina and perseverance – staying the course/finishing strong – rising above disappointment, affirming others gifts and talents.  For some of us, these lessons in self-discipline and kindness are taught and modeled at home.  For some of us these lessons aren’t part of our home life . . .  but we all get to go to school where this is taught / modeled everyday in the classroom, on the playing field, in the music room by teachers and other students.   All students in Lexington and across this country are asked to pay for these 13 years of free public education is to give best effort and $pay attention$. 

One of the ways your school gives you opportunities to empower yourself is to set goals, make an academic action plan, do grade checks and have these conversations with your teachers – in homeroom and the classroom everyday  . . .  and we get to take tests – lots of them – anyone who is a junior can testify to that.  Tests are necessary to see what students are ready to learn.  How do we take the results of those tests, the results of our best effort, and make that information work for us – empower us?

With our MAP testing – Measure of Academic Progress - at Lexington High School, we have set the bar high and established the Growth Honor Roll for grades 9 and 10. This award recognizes students who met their growth goal based on their best ever score, not just better than last time, not just a tie of a previous score or a plus 1 but the projected normed growth from fall to spring. This normed growth can be anywhere from  +2 to +14  RIT (Rasch unIT) depending on what the student is ready to learn.  Making the Growth Honor Roll got even more challenging in 2015 as the NWEA(Northwest Evaluation Association) MAP growth norms were adjusted with 4 more years of test data gathered from schools across the country.  

Based on this empowering information, some students set and met a power goal beyond the projected growth RIT.  Achieving this award also becomes more difficult the higher the RIT scores are in either math or reading, especially those students who score in the 90th percentile. 

Because thousands of students in schools across this country are taking this same test, there is enough reliable data to now correlate a student’s probable scores on the ACT, predict college/career readiness as well as how a student will probably perform on the NeSA  or Nebraska state assessments given to all juniors.  

MAP scores are an excellent source of information that can empower you with the capacity to shape your future.   $Pay attention$

Today we congratulate:

23 Students who set and met a Power Goal in reading.

20 students who set and met a Power Goal in math.

38 students (17 freshmen and 21 sophomores) who met their Growth Goal in both math and reading

A total 239 - 9th and 10th grade students met their Growth Goal in either reading or math.

To put this in perspective another 133 students missed the growth honor roll by either tying their best score or missing their projected growth goal by the needed RIT normed growth units.

Congratulations on your focus, your hard work, and using the information from the MAP assessment to empower yourselves.