#### Transcript MAP: Measured Academic Progress

```MAP: Measured Academic
Parent Coffee
February 10, 2010
What is MAP?
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Online assessment tool offered in Reading,
Language Usage, and Mathematics.
Mathematics.
Students will be assessed three times: fall,
winter, and spring
Why MAP?
One Size Doesn’t Fit All
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Each child learns differently. MAP enables teachers to see their students as
individuals – each with their own base of knowledge.
Tests That Adapt to the Student
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NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests present students with
engaging, age-appropriate content. As a student responds to questions, the test
responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty.
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The underlying data driving the assessment ensures remarkable accuracy,
based on over 24 million assessments given over 30+ years. The equal-interval
RIT scale increases the stability, providing grade-independent analysis of a
child's learning.
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For educators, it means at last having timely information that, used well, can
change the course of a student's school year — and life.
Sample Item
Instructional Level vs. Mastery
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The MAP test provides the instructional
level of the student
It provides a road map for students
toward achieving of mastery
It is not a test for determining mastery
of skills
RIT Score
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Student’s overall score on the test.
Score is unrelated to the age or grade
of the student
Reflects current performance level
RIT stands for Rasch Unit, which is
used to measure achievement growth
Fall
Math
Mean RIT 184.9
Median RIT 184
Std. Dev. 12.2
Mean RIT 183.7
Median RIT 186
Std. Dev. 16.1
Winter
Mean RIT 190.9
Median RIT 192
Std. Dev. 12.00
Mean RIT 189.9
Median RIT 192
Std. Dev. 14.6
Mean RIT: Average score of students in this class
Median RIT: Middle score of this class
Standard Deviation: Indicates the variability of RIT scores within this group. A larger standard deviation
generally reflects a wider range of scores and achievement within a class.
Fall
Winter
Math
Mean RIT 209.7
Median RIT 211
Std. Dev. 12.0
Mean RIT 210.7
Median RIT 212
Std. Dev. 11.4
Mean RIT 205.8
Median RIT 208
Std. Dev. 12.9
Mean RIT 207.9
Median RIT 209
Std. Dev. 12.8
Mean RIT: Average score of students in this class
Median RIT: Middle score of this class
Standard Deviation: Indicates the variability of RIT scores within this group. A larger standard deviation
generally reflects a wider range of scores and achievement within a class.
How we use MAP: Data Meetings
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Collectively identify areas of weakness as well as
strengths
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Inform instruction based on student needs
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Data Drives Instruction
DesCartes: A Continuum of Learning
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Translates MAP scores into the skills
and concepts: to enhance, to develop,
and to introduce
Aligned to MA standards
Guides teachers as they develop flexible
groups for instruction
Lexile
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A score that can be used to find text of
appropriate difficulty without being frustrated
Matching Lexile range facilitates the choice of
reading material that is the appropriate level
which should result in new learning while