The MAP assessment is an adaptive, computerized test in reading, language arts and math given to Shorewood School District students in grades 3-9 three times each year. When taking a MAP test, the difficult 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 will answer approximately half of the questions correctly, and the other half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of a student's achievement level.
Although tests are not timed, it usually takes students about one hour to compete each MAP test.
Shorewood students will be tested three times each year: once in the fall (September), again in the winter (January), and a final time in the spring (May/April).
The fall results are used by teachers to plan instruction for individual students and/or groups of students. They may also be used to identify areas in need of improvement to prepare students for state-mandated tests. The spring results are used to measure student progress or growth in the areas of reading, mathematics, and language arts.
Parents will receive MAP growth results at the conclusion of spring MAP testing. It is anticipated that results will be mailed to parents in late May or will be included with students' end of the year report cards.
The WKCE is a federally mandated grade level test that is used by state and federal governments to assess school and district accountability in relation to student achievement. MAP assessments are achievement tests that also provide information about state performance in relation to the Common Core State Standards. MAP assessment results are available to teachers the day after testing, allowing teachers to use the data to plan classroom instruction for groups of students or individual students. MAP assessments are also based on a growth model and are able to provide information regarding student learning from fall until spring, and from year-to-year.
There are a couple of steps families can take to help their child(ren) prepare for MAP testing:
- Make sure that your child is well rested on school days and especially on the day of a test. Children who are tired are less able to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of a test.
- Give your child(ren) a well-rounded diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind.
- Provide books and magazines for your child to read at home. By reading new materials, a child learns new words that might appear on a test. Ask your child's teacher about a suggested outside reading list or get a suggestion from the public library.
- Provide for a quiet, comfortable place for studying at home. Families and teachers working together benefit students. Ask your child(ren)'s teacher to suggest activities for you and your child to do at home to prepare for the tests and improve your child(ren)'s understanding of schoolwork.
To help your child with language, you can:
- Give a journal or diary as a gift.
- Help your child write a letter to a friend or family member and offer assistance with correct grammar usage and content.
- Have a "word of the week" that is defined every Monday and then encourage your child to use the new word throughout the week.
To help your child with reading, you can:
- Make time for the library.
- Play games like Scrabble, Spill and Spell, Scattergories and Balderdash together.
- Work on crossword puzzles with your child.
To help your child with math, you can:
- Encourage your child to solve problems themselves. Provide assistance, but let them figure it out own their own.
- The kitchen is filled with many opportunities to teach fractional measurements, such as doubling and dividing cookie recipes.
- Point out the ways that people use mathematics every day to pay bills, balance their checkbooks, figure out their net earnings, make change, and more.
- Involve older children in projects that incorporate geometric and algebraic concepts such as planting a garden, building a bookshelf, or figuring out how long it will take to drive to your family vacation destination.