In the Shorewood School District, third through ninth grade students take the NEWA MAP test to help track student growth and achievement throughout the school year and from year-to-year. The NEWA (Northwest Evaluation Association) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping all children learn. By providing the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test, the group hopes to improve teaching and learning.
The MAP assessment is a computerized test aligned to the Common Core State Standards and measures student achievement in reading, language arts, and mathematics.
When students take a MAP test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the questions answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the question 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 the student's achievement level.
Parents will receive MAP growth results after the spring MAP test is complete. The results will mailed to parents in late May or sent home with the end of the year report cards. Parents can also receive more information by contacting their child's teacher or school principal at any time.
For more information about MAP testing, check out this brochure.
You can also get more information on MAP testing at the NEWA website.