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Title: Understanding MAP Measures of Academic Progress


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Understanding MAP (Measures of Academic Progress)
  • Parent Information Session
  • October, 2005

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What You Should Get Out of This Parent
Information Session
  • Why our district decided on MAP
  • Benefits of MAP to students, teachers, and
    parents
  • How MAP works
  • Understanding the Student Progress Report

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Why Are We Using MAP?
  • Although we have access to a plethora of
    research, very little, including NAEP (National
    Assessment for Educational Progress) and TIMSS
    (Third International Mathematics Science
    Study), is based on longitudinal data that show
    growth all the way down to the student level
    (NWEA, 2004).

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MAP provides results that can be used to
  • Identify the skills and concepts individual
    students have learned
  • Diagnose instructional needs
  • Monitor academic growth over time
  • Monitor the progress of all students toward state
    and district standards

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MAP provides results that can be used to
  • Screen students for Basic Skills or Step-Up,
    special education services and gifted programs
  • Administer leveled tests that are designed to
    test every student fairly. The program customizes
    the test to the students achievement level

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MAP provides results that can be used to
  • Administer tests up to four times per year
  • Obtain scores that have meaningful reference
  • District and normed group average
  • Curriculum reference to focus instruction
  • Prior scores to assess growth
  • Benchmarks to measure adequate progress

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Overview of MAP
  • Replaces the Terra Nova in grades 2, 5, 6, and 7,
    and is taken individually on the computer
  • Tests mathematics, reading, and language
  • Aligned with the state standards and therefore,
    our curriculum
  • Given in the fall and spring

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For Students
  • Untimed so students work at their own pace
  • One question appears at a time reducing confusion
    misalignment of answers
  • Test is aligned to individual students
    instructional level.

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For Teachers
  • Can pull up classroom reports 24 hours after
    administration.
  • Able to get a snapshot of classroom diversity and
    instructional levels of students to help inform
    instruction.

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For Parents
  • Quick turn around of results
  • Reports will be sent home and will provide
  • Scores showing growth in that year
  • Previous years scores for comparison over a long
    period of time

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RIT Scores
  • Shows a students current achievement level along
    the curriculum scale
  • Separate scales for mathematics, reading, and
    language
  • By comparing RIT scores in past tests with
    subsequent test scores, one can see how much
    growth has taken place over time

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RIT Scores Learning Continuum
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Identify a circle
Find the perimeter
Find the area
Given area, find the side
Geometry Spatial Sense
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Percentile Scores
  • Used to compare students to a large group of
    students across the country of similar grade who
    took the MAP assessment
  • Approximately 2.3 million students are in this
    normed group

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Lexile Scores www.lexile.com
  • Measure assigned to a particular book or text
    based on
  • Syntactic complexity determined by the number
    of words per sentence
  • Semantic difficulty basic on the probability
    that an individual can infer meaning of an
    unknown word when it lies within a familiar text

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Lexile Range (Approximate)
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Parent and student reports
Sample Report p. 9
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  • It takes many tools to measure the academic
    growth of a child. MAPs is one of our Districts
    tools.
  • Therefore, when making any placement decisions,
    it is critical to use at least 3 measures of
    achievement.

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What You Should Have Gotten Out of This Parent
Information Session
  • Why our district decided on MAP
  • Benefits of MAP to students, teachers, and
    parents
  • How MAP works
  • Understanding the Student Progress Report

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Questions?
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Contact Information
  • Jane LaMarra, Director of Information Analysis
    and Learning Development
  • jlamarra_at_mtps.com
  • (856) 778-6600 ext 18031
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