Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)Our district uses a wide-scale benchmarking assessment of student learning as a part of our universal screening process three times a year (September, January, and May). The use of MAP is the result of a review of our district’s comprehensive assessment program of student learning where we categorized all assessments using the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s four types of assessment: diagnostic, formative, benchmark, and summative.
One finding of our review was that we did not have in place a benchmark assessment that can provide teachers with data about each student’s learning that could, in turn, be used to guide instruction in the areas of reading and mathematics. Additionally, we were interested in longitudinal data about a student’s progress in the areas of reading and mathematics, in conjunction with the state standards.
Following a rigorous vetting process of benchmarking assessments, Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), a growth model and curriculum neutral assessment, with an international normative database recommended to the Board of School Directors in the early autumn of 2010 and adopted for use within the district by the Board of School Directors at the October 11, 2010 meeting.
MAP was phased into use in the district during the 2010-2011 school year for grades 3-6, as part of our ongoing assessment plan. The reports generated from this assessment will provide teachers, students, and parents with detailed information about a student’s growth from year-to-year. In the 2011-2012 school year, full implementation of MAP resulted in the elimination of several currently used assessments. Currently, the MAP assessment for reading and math is administered three times per year (September, January, May) for all students in grades 3-6. In the fall of 2015, we added MAP Math to grade 2 as a part of our universal screening process, and in the fall of 2016, we added MAP Reading to grade 2 as a part of our universal screening process. In the winter of 2018, we added MAP Math to grade 1 as well.
SCASD staff have worked closely with the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and training has been and continues to be provided for all administrators, classroom faculty, and staff who will be proctoring the assessments or using the data reports. Training in the data and student reports have occurred and will continue to support teachers in their use of this assessments.
For additional to information about MAP, please refer to the following documents.
Student Progress Report in English (document that is sent home with each MAP student report)
Student Progress Report in Spanish (document that is sent home with each MAP student report)