SFC students MAP scores far surpass the those of students across the nation. Lower School Principal, Hannah Park, discusses the MAP assessment, what it is, how it is used, and the rise in scores at SFC.
What is MAP?
The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) standardized assessment is an online interactive and adaptive test that adjusts to the learning-level of each child. It helps to measures each child’s academic growth over the school year and their instructional level and at the end of the year.
What does the test tell a parent?
We review the test during our parent teacher conference so we can look at the data carefully. Since our test data is reported cumulatively, we can look for trends over time, rather than only focus on one year.
What does SFC do that keeps these scores increasing?
I think the biggest part of MAP testing is the useable data it provides. Instead of the old fashion standardized assessments that only assess the kids at the end of the year, MAP tests are administered three times a year and the results are instantaneous. We also are looking for the amount of growth students have within a given year. This means our teachers know if their class is improving under their care, rather than the teacher before them. With this information, teachers continue to work on their skills of instructional delivery as well as review curriculum and program. Teachers are able to focus on their own individual lessons and how it’s impacting the kids.
How does SFC compare to public schools?
Compared to the national mean scores for the same test window, our students far surpass those of the national average. For instance, the 4th grade reading score is the same as the national average of 6th grade reading scores; two grade levels above the national average! This result is fairly typical throughout SFC’s results.
Any final thoughts?
While we use this data and it is an important part of what we do, we also need to remember that students are not identified by their scores and that learning is a journey. The fact is some students just do not test well. We need to keep in mind that this is only one piece of the pie that describes the kids as a student. There are many many more slices in a pie.
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