MAP Testing

  • Meaningful, Measurable & Aligned Data

    Our strategic plan informs the full K-12 implementation of individual student diagnostic testing known as MAP (Measure of Academic Progress), a tool to identify meaningful, measurable and aligned data for all students to achieve mastery of grade level standards. A universal and evidenced-based diagnostic tool is an element to MUSD’s multi-tiered system of support.

    Children learn better—and faster—when teachers have a clear picture of what each student knows and is ready to learn next! MAP data helps teachers plan with each unique learner in mind and is just one tool in a teacher’s toolbox to identify the needs of students to achieve mastery of grade level standards in MUSD.

    We are moving the conversation away from a pass/fail spectrum and toward an individual academic plan that celebrates student growth!  We call this important shift GOAL SETTING. These critical discussions with parents focus positively on next steps in a child’s learning plan, versus the age-old “conferences” that presented student report cards and discussion only after the teaching and learning occurred.

    How does it work?

    MAP Growth is a computer-adaptive test. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This type of assessment challenges top performers without overwhelming students who are still working towards grade level.

    What is a RIT score? 

    MAP Growth uses the RIT (Rasch Unit) scale to help you measure and compare academic growth. Specifically, the scale measures levels in academic difficulty. The RIT scale extends equally across all grades, making it possible to compare a student's score at various points throughout his or her education.