MAP Testing Begins Next Week

Spring M.A.P. testing will take place from 10 – 25 May. 

If your child will not be in school those days, please let us know so we can schedule a different time for them to take the assessment.

What’s the MAP Test? (Measure of Academic Progress) The MAP tests are an instructional tool for teachers, meant to guide our instruction by identifying the needs and progress of each student. They are not directly related to student grades or any placement at school. MAP testing measures a student’s growth from year to year, identifies a student’s learning needs, and checks retention of learning over time. We want their best effort so that the results are a true reflection of their academic journey. We never use the scores to rank or compare students to one another, but we are always hoping to see students improve on their own scores each time. If you’d like to learn more about how the tests work or how we use the data, you can watch this video.

Why twice a year? The MAP test is given twice a year: once in the Fall to see a student’s ‘starting point’ for academic needs, and again in the Spring to see what new skills the student has mastered. We often hear students proudly tell us, “I remember that question from last time — but this​ time I could answer it!”  Each test tells us what more we can do to build specific academic skills and confidence for each student.  

Help your children do their best: Please make sure that your children sleep well, have a good breakfast, and pack a healthy morning snack. Remind them to do their very best, but don’t put too much focus on the scores: We want the kids to see the test as important, but we also want them to feel comfortable and not stressed. Your encouragement and support are greatly appreciated.