A Parent's Guide to MAP (Measures of Academic Progress)
What is MAP?
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a state-aligned computerized adaptive assessment program that provides Buck County educators with the information they need to improve teaching and learning and make student-focused, data-driven decisions. Students in grades one through nine are tested three times per year in math, reading, and language usage. Educators use the growth and achievement data from MAP to develop targeted instructional strategies and to plan school improvement.
- Generates test questions based on student reponses
- Is no an accountability test
- Reports student results in RIT scores
- Gives immediate results
- Is aligned to PA curriculum standards
- Measures growth over time
- Provides information used to target individual instruction
Student MAP Testing
Student MAP testing results are reported in RIT scores (short or RASH Unit). A RIT scores is an estimation of a student'ts instructional level and also measures student progress or growth in school. You may have a chart in your home on which you mark your child’s height at certain times, such as on his or her birthday. This is a growth chart to show how much he or she has grown from one year to the next. MAP assessments do the same sort of things, except they measure your student’s growth in mathematics, reading, and language usage. The RIT scale is an equal-interval scale much like feet and inches on a yardstick. It is used to chart your child’s academic growth from year to year. This type of score increases the value of the tests as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers to pinpoint what students have learned and what students are ready to learn.
Understanding the RIT Score
It is important to understand that the MAP test is one test at one point in time. It does not measure intelligence or a student’s capacity for learning. When making important decisions about students, school staff will consider the MAP test results along with other data such as classroom performance, other test scores, and input from parents and teachers.
Growth Over Time
We expect RIT scores to increase over time. Typically, younger students show more growth in one year than older students. Student’s who test above grade level often show less growth. Sometimes RIT scores may decline from one test to the next. One low test score is not cause for immediate concern. Like adults, students have good and bad days and their test results do not always indicate what they know. Students’ attitudes toward the test can also affect their score. Therefore, growth over time is a better measure of student learning.
Parents and guardians should become comfortable with the understanding that individuals will grow at different rates. Anticipated growth rates for each student are based on national norms and should be viewed as “typical” growth, not expected growth. Teachers and principals have participated in training to learn what the MAP test results mean and how to best utilize the results. Our goal is for teachers to use the data to differentiate and adjust instruction so that all students grow at levels appropriate for each individual.
If you have immediate questions, please contact your students’ classroom teacher (elementary or math or English teacher (middle and high school) or your building principal.
Dates of MAP Tests:
| September/October|| January|| May|
| Fall|| Winter|| Spring|
How Tests are Given:
- On a computer under adult supervision in the school setting
- Test adjusts to a student's skill level so that each student takes an individualized test
Tests Given to Grades One through Nine: