MAPS

September 5, 2013

Connect the Dots with MAP

This most likely is not the first time you’ve heard the word MAP throughout your child’s school career, and it certainly won’t be the last!  The 8th graders at LMS recently finished the fall round of MAP testing in the areas of Language, Reading, and Math.  To help our students succeed, it’s important for teachers, parents, and community members to know just what this MAP stuff is all about!

What is MAP?

MAP stands for Measure of Academic Progress.  This test is used to measure student growth from year to year.  The test is generally taken at the start of each school year (fall) and again at the end of the school year (spring).

Each child learns differently and this assessment allows us to know where a student’s strengths are, and if help is needed in any specific area.

What does the test look like?

MAP is a computerized adaptive test. These tests are tailored to a student’s current achievement level.  The computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique test.

How can I help my child prepare for the MAP test?

Provide a quiet and comfortable place for studying at home.

Give your child a well-rounded diet; don’t forget breakfast!    

Make sure your child is well rested, especially on test days.

For more information about MAP, as well as a parent resource guide, visit the following website:

http://www.nwea.org/products-services/assessments

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