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All students in grades 1-8 participate in the Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP) test. These tests determine a child’s instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Reading and Math. First through eighth grade students in MSAD 11 take the “NWEA” computerized assessments in the fall and spring. There is occasional testing in the winter. The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) is a not-for-profit organization committed to helping school districts throughout the nation improve learning for all students. The MAP tests are adaptive which means the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. In an optimal test, a student answers approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level. A test takes, on average, twenty to sixty minutes depending on the age of the student. We use this information to track student’s progress or growth. Please remember this is only ONE piece of the body of evidence we us when we look at a student’s academic achievement.
If you would like to download a “Parent Toolkit: Guide to NWEA Assessments” please follow the link below:
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