Saints Peter & Paul School uses a nationally recognized standardized testing program provided by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). NWEA® is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency. The specific assessment tool used is called MAP.

What is MAP testing?
“MAP is a computer adaptive test, which means every student gets a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions get harder. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions get easier. By the end of the test, most students will answer about half the questions correctly. MAP can follow students wherever they are starting from, regardless of the grade they are in.” Quote from NWEA.org

Why do we do MAP testing?

  1. Used to track individual growth and needs
  2. Essential piece for teacher to see where the kids are functioning at, set goals and develop individual learning plans
  3. Parents can use the data as well to help their child at home
  4. Allows teachers to teach strategies for solving problems and taking tests
  5. More information about the child
  6. Informs the teacher on how to alter instruction to best meet the needs of students
  7. Shows patterns and growth trends for individual students, classes, and for teacher instruction
  8. Informs school on what resources, support and training we need.

Data is not good or bad. Data is information used to help us make informed decisions as we reflect and modify our instruction for each student.

Is it the only test we do?

We do not do state standardized tests: MCAs.
MAP tests are the only local test we do, twice a year, fall and spring.
It by far NOT the only test or assessments we use all year.

Teachers are using informal assessments on a daily basis. These assessments can be done through activities, observation, conversation and feedback, questioning and discussions, selected responses (multiple choice, fill in the blank, true/false, matching), student work and more.

These assessments monitor student learning, inform the teacher of the effectiveness of their instruction and provide information on individual student p rogress and proficiency. These assessments provide the necessary information for teachers to individualize instruction for the different learning needs and abilities of each student.

For more information on NWEA MAP tests visit:

https://www.nwea.org/blog/2016/answers-to-the-top-6-questions-parents-ask-about-the-map-test/

 https://www.nwea.org/blog/2019/4-reasons-map-growth-k-2-assessment-toolbox/.