Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Assessments

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Assessments:

In 2011 our district began using an assessment called Measures of Academic Performance (MAP) developed by Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) as a means to gauge students’ progress on our California standards three times during the school year. We tried out MAP in certain grades and found that the real-time data generated from MAP allowed us, in conjunction with our other assessments, to better tailor instruction to student needs. This is called a formative assessment—using data to inform instruction to better serve the needs of our students during the school year. For many years, the only consistent district-wide data source we have had has been from our STAR test scores and now the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)  The CAASPP test is a summative assessment which, though valuable, provides a look back at how students performed in the past, not how they currently perform.  Ultimately, we need both. Using a formative assessment for all students is a priority of our Governing Board.

In the first two years of initial use of MAP, we found the data to be very accurate, reliable, and critical in establishing class goals and individual student goals. Our MAP administrators and teachers have worked hard to kick start a systematic way to include students in understanding their strengths and areas for improvement from grade to grade. We aim to put every student in the driver’s seat when it comes to their own learning, with parents and teachers on equal footing as the support system. MAP tests determine a student’s instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the year and from one year to the next in reading, language arts, and mathematics.  These assessments are unique in that they are computer-adaptive. This means that our students take the MAP test on a computer, which allows each test to be customized to the student and to pinpoint each student’s specific instructional level.

CMS students are traditionally tested in both mathematics and reading and may be taken up to three times throughout the course of a school year.  MAP assessments are scored based on a Rasch unit (RIT) scale to measure student achievement and student growth.  The RIT score relates directly to the curriculum scale in each subject area.  It is an equal-interval score, like feet and inches, so scores can be added together to calculate accurate class, grade or school averages.  RIT scores range from about 100 to 300. The MAP Data Mean RIT Values table is based on the mean score for each of the grade levels. Using the fall, winter, and spring testing information, Coronado data was normed based on the mean score for each grade level subject area.  As you’ll see in the chart below, Coronado’s mean performance ranks much higher than the national norms. 

If you’d like to learn more about the MAP assessment you may review information about MAP at  CUSD is lucky to have been awarded funding for MAP through two grants we have received since 2009 from the Depart of Defense Education Activity; the second grant was awarded to CUSD in June 2012 and allows us to widen our usage of MAP and continue its use for the next several years.

We are truly excited to offer an assessment like MAP that prioritizes every child’s individual growth and achievement.  If you have any questions about these tests, please contact  Ms. Karin Mellina, CMS Principalor Dr. Megan Battle, CUSD Director of Learning 

Informational links about MAP, please click below: