MAP Testing Communication to Parents

MAP Growth tests are unique, and they adapt to your child’s responses to measure your child’s skill level. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. These results will provide a more complete picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level. 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 and subject and have the same starting performance level.  Following each testing period, you will receive a Family Report showing a summary of how your child is performing academically. We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement.

We are committed to assessing each student to identify their strengths and their areas of need. MAP Growth scores help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. Teachers will use results to tailor classroom lessons and set growth goals for students.

Our youngest students will take the Fall 2020 MAP Growth assessment via remote access to teacher devices while teachers, deans, and coaches proctor the individual assessment. Our older students will take the Fall 2020 MAP Growth assessment in small groups. Please note this is an individual assessment, and parent involvement in any way beyond helping the student(s) access their zoom testing session is prohibited. We will use GoGuardian to lock down student access to other browsers during the testing session and to monitor any additional windows that are attempted to be opened during the testing session. We have put these measures in place to maintain the security of the testing administration and to ensure the data and outcomes are valid and reliable so we can best serve students and their academic needs. Accessing additional resources and receiving parental/guardian academic support  during the testing administration will result in tests being invalidated, and students will be required to sit for the assessment again. 

Please look for more details once your child’s testing administration has been scheduled and reach out with any questions. 

In the meantime, to ensure the best testing experience for your child, please assist your child with the following preparations once their assessment is scheduled: 

  • The night before, make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep.
  • Ensure your child shows up to their zoom session on time.
  • Have scratch paper and a writing utensil as needed.

To decrease the interruption of instructional time we are administering the MAP assessment on Wednesday’s. The dates and times for testing are below:

  • Wednesday September 2nd – Reading
    • 9am-11am
    • 1pm-3
  • Wednesday September 9th – Reading
    • 9am-11am
    • 1pm-3
  • Wednesday September 16th – Math
    • 9am-11am
    • 1pm-3
  • Wednesday September 23rd – Math
    • 9am-11am
    • 1pm-3

Clubs and Advisory will still occur at 11am on the dates above

We ask that students prepare by having the following items available in their workspace: scratch paper, pencil, headphones, and a fully charged device. It will be helpful to take the test in a quiet area away from other family members or distractions; if that is not possible, the use of headphones will assist with noise reduction.  Please ensure that your student logs onto their  Zoom test session on time. Your student’s ELA, Math, and/or instructional support teacher will provide them with their testing time and date. The Zoom link will be found in a private message in the student’s ELA and Math Google Classrooms on the day of testing. 

Your student should work independently during the test session. Students are not permitted to use any resources to assist them during the test. We will invalidate test sessions in which support or answers are provided to students, as well as in response to any indication that a student is looking up answers or using other resources during testing as these are considered testing irregularities. We also request that parents are not present in the room with their student while they are taking the test in order to ensure that students are working independently and free of distractions. Test examiners will be monitoring the test sessions to troubleshoot and assist with any technical issues that may arise. 

Please encourage your child to try their best on the assessment, we recognize this MAP administration will feel different for students and want them to feel as comfortable as possible. Please contact Dr. Allen or Mr. Myers with any questions. We look forward to a wonderful test administration!