Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Information
Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP, are computerized, adaptive tests that align with Pennsylvania standards for Reading and Math. Students take the MAP tests entirely via computer, and the program gives each student a completely unique set of questions and dynamically adjusts to a student’s performance level, presenting easier or harder questions depending on the student’s previous answers. The end result of the tests is a very accurate measurement of the student’s instructional level, which can help teachers differentiate instruction.
Since they are aligned with state standards, MAP tests provide a snapshot or benchmark of how well students are mastering required skills for the PSSA. And since MAP is used with a norming group of over 4 million students across the country, a child’s MAP scores provide helpful information about how his or her performance compares to that of a typical child of the same age across America. MAP assessments also provide norms for expected growth over the course of a year, thus enabling teachers and parents to ascertain if children are making the expected amount of progress.
MAP tests are given twice a year, fall and spring, in grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, and 10.
For more information from the organization that creates MAP, visit http://www.nwea.org/.