State Testing “MAPs” out Student Knowledge

By: Becky Cox

This year’s MAPs testing may seem like every other year, but how much is actually known about MAPS testing?

MAPs stands for the Measure of Academic Progress. The grading on MAPs is much different from other tests. Grades are made as if they were on a yard stick. An average junior in math may be at 26 inches, but a sixth grader may read at a level of 28 inches.

The scores are comparisons of all the grades. Since the grades are comparing, it is extremely simple for teachers to see the scores of their students.  

When a teacher looks up a student’s score, they can see everything from the test. The stats a teacher looks up shows what the student has mastered, what they know, and what they need to work on. Teachers are able to see scores thanks to the Learning Continuum. Another advantage to using the Continuum is that we have become paper free, but stats are still printable if a teacher or parent wants a copy.

We are able to test many more students since the school has switched to using a website instead of having a server at the school. Now everyone can test at once. Before a max of 100 students could test at a time. The only time a test will be unavailable for a student is if the website crashes. The website is just like any other and does rarely have problems.

The school is always trying to show improvement. Principal Moore said he wants the students to become, “ intrinsically motivated.” Basically, that means he wants students to do well because they want to, not because they’ll get something out of it.

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