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First MAP Growth Season: Introducing MAP Growth

posted Sep 14, 2017, 3:10 AM by catherinek@alumni.isd.sn   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 5:02 AM ]

During the week of September 18th, your child will take a MAP® Growth™ test from NWEA® on a computer or tablet. We give students MAP Growth tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in math and language arts (reading and writing).  While second graders do not take this assessment at the start of the school year, they do take a short practice test so that they can become familiar with the computer adaptive format.  Second graders do take the assessment one time at the end of the school year.

MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level.  The results of the MAP assessments in no way influence the marks students receive on their report cards.  

Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly. 

MAP Growth reports also provide typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject, and have the same starting performance level. Each school year, students in grades three through five take the tests at the start, the middle, and the end of the school year. Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth, which you can review with your child’s teacher for more insight. 

We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: NWEA.org/Parent-Toolkit. 


Brad Chumrau, ISD Acting ES Principal

Jody Rodine, ISD ES Assistant Principal