Your child will take tests called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). We give students MAP tests to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Math, Reading (K - 10th Grade) and Science (4th - 8th grade only). Your child will take these tests on a computer in our computer lab.
MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth.
Each school year, students in grades first through fifth grade take these tests during three different testing sessions, Fall, Winter, and Spring and kindergarten students take the tests in Winter and Spring only. Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth.
Your child’s MAP results are reported in RIT scores. This is a different type of score than a typical test that provides a percentage correct. It is also different from many tests that provide results based on your child’s score compared to others in his or her grade. Instead, the RIT score is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, that is independent of grade level. As a result, we can easily measure growth in learning. This type of score increases the value of the tests as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers to recognize where to focus attention for your child’s learning.
We are truly excited to begin a new era that focuses on every child’s individual growth and achievement. Partnering to help all kids learn, parents and teachers can have a profound positive effect on the lives of our children.
Listed below are wonderful informational resources for parents. You are able to view/print the Guide To Understanding MAP and the Parent's Toolkit along with visiting sites to practice various skills needed to improve your child’s RIT score. We hope you take the time to become familiar with this new progress monitoring system. Together we can help all children become successful learners!
What is a Lexile Number?
A Lexile is a unit for measuring text difficulty that is directly linked to the reading RIT score. Lexile is reported on an equal interval scale, like the RIT scale. Click the link above to see a Lexile to Grade Level Conversion Chart.
Practice, Practice, Practice
The links below will connect you to South Washington County Schools in Minnesota. We would like to thank Mrs. Nancy McGuiness from South Washington County Schools for allowing us to link directly to her site and the wonderful resources she has personally gathered for her students to use for MAP practice. Thank you Mrs. McGuiness for helping our children be successful learners!!!
Teacher MAP Links: