MAP tests complete, school district mission statement being reviewed
October has been a busy month here in our schools! Our students have taken their initial round of MAP tests, our fall activity seasons are reaching their pinnacles, professional development activities have marched forward, and state reports have been completed and certified.
For the first time, our third- grade through 11th-grade students have taken the MAP tests. Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests are computerized assessments that provide teachers detailed, useful information about the academic level of individual students. MAP tests adapt to student responses as they take the test. In other words, when a student answers a question correctly, a more challenging question follows. If a question is answered incorrectly, the next question may be at the same level or slightly simpler. Results from the tests will help us pinpoint where students are academically related to specific concepts, when they are ready to advance, and when they need additional help or support.
Our students gave excellent efforts on the tests and seemed very comfortable at the computers while testing. These tests are not as strictly timed as the Iowa tests in the past and that has relieved some pressure on students, as well. We are anxious to utilize this new tool, and we have high hopes it will make the strong impact here that it has made in many other schools.
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