Palmyra Public Schools
MAP Testing Resources for Parents

Parent Toolkit

 

During the month of February, Palmyra students in grades 3-8 and grade 10 will be taking tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). We are giving these MAP tests to help us determine your child’s instructional level and to measure their academic growth throughout this school year, as well as from year to year in the future. These are online tests and are offered in the areas of Mathematics, Reading, and Language Usage.

MAP tests are unique because they adapt to the student's level of learning throughout the progression of the test. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  With MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate benchmark information about your child’s growth. Spread throughout the next few weeks, the identified grades will spend a total of about three hours completing these online tests.

Your child's teacher will be discussing the schedule and other logistics of the testing with them. In the meantime, please check out the Parent Tool Kit (link above) for some ideas about preparing your child for this testing.

What other school districts are saying about MAP testing:

MAP testing is a standardized test that students begin taking in the early grades and don't stop until the latter years of high school. This is a test that serves many purposes but one of the most important reasons that students take these tests are for teachers to get a clear picture of where students need help.

The MAP test is a test that assesses a student's level of comprehension and tests what they know. Now that students take these tests on computers, it is very adaptive to what they need and their level of learning. When students begin the test, they start with a question that is appropriate for their grade level. If they answer that question correctly, they will continue on the grade appropriate questions and further. If the first question is answered incorrectly, the next question is normally easier. As the test progresses, it normally is adjusted according to the child's performance.

There are different types of MAP tests available. There are tests that just focus on reading, math and language. There are others that focus on science assessments, including processes and general science. The type of MAP test that is taken each year is normally determined by the grade of the student.

Once the MAP testing is completed for the entire school, the results are analyzed and recorded. Once the results begin to come in, students and families are given a written copy of the results and a brief description of what the results mean. These results are an indication of where students are academically.

MAP tests are important to schools because the results help teachers to plan their curriculum and how to improve upon their teaching processes. As teachers teach their students, they don't know if the lessons have been learned if the student's aren't tested. When school administrators look at the results of the MAP test, they are able to see where their teaching staff needs to improve their teaching methods as well as see where they are excelling.