Fall MAP Growth Scores for Students
October 6, 2020
Prior to Parent Teacher Conferences, parents/caregivers of first through eighth grade students will receive their child's Fall MAP Growth Scores Family Report.
Families may be wondering what MAP Growth is and why we have children take this test. Unlike the paper-and-pencil tests of days gone by, where all students were asked the same questions and spent a fixed amount of time taking the test, MAP Growth is a computer adaptive test—which means every student gets a unique set of test questions based on their responses to previous questions. The purpose of MAP Growth is to determine what the student knows and is ready to learn next.
Why does District 65 give MAP growth? MAP Growth tracks student growth over time – wherever a child may be starting and regardless of the grade they are in. For instance, if a third grader is actually reading like a fifth grader, MAP Growth will be able to identify that. Or, if a fifth grader is doing math like a third grader, MAP Growth will identify that, too. Both things are incredibly important for teachers to know so that we can plan instruction efficiently. The assessment helps us as educators to understand the next layer of learning for your child and it helps us to understand if we are successfully growing your student as measured by this assessment.
In District 65, we believe that MAP Growth and MAP Fluency are one measure of a student's achievement. We value the work our children do each day in our classrooms as well as the learning they show is on projects and assessments.
Additional information can be found here:
- Watch a video explaining the assessment here.
- Read and review the family guide for MAP Growth in by viewing this information sheet (English & Spanish).
- Visit the family toolkit
Please feel free to contact your child's teacher(s) with any questions.