MAP Testing

MAP testing is just one way we asses students at St. Mary’s School. Student progress is monitored through a variety of means. Assignments, projects, discussion, daily observation, quizzes, and tests are some of the ways teachers assess learning. Communication between home and school about student progress is critical and a sign of real partnership in the child’s education. Teachers, parents, and students are encouraged to contact each other to meet the needs of each child.

Growth Testing

MAP assessments are  required by the Diocese of Grand Rapids and are administered two times (Fall and Spring) per year to first through eighth grade students.  These  online assessments in Reading and Math, (grades 1-8) Language Usage (grades 2-8) and Science (grades 3-8) provide a personalized assessment experience for your child, one that adapts to your child’s level of learning.  Due to the online nature of MAP assessments, results are immediate and accurate, helping teachers to identify the strength and growth opportunities for each child in their classrooms.   

Reading Fluency

MAP Reading Fluency is an online assessment for kindergarten-second grade students offering a clear view of early literacy skills and learning needs for identifying strengths and concerns.

What Are the Benefits Of MAP® Testing?
  • Detailed student achievement information is available for teachers and parents within 24-36 hours of testing.
  • Individualized plans with target growth areas are identified for every student.
  • Reports for student, school, diocesan and “Norm Group” are available.
  •  “RIT to Reading Range Report” is provided for each student with links to reading resources.
How does St. Mary’s Use the MAP® Test?

Our MAP® test results are a great indicator of how our students perform individually and how our school performs as a whole. We can identify individual students that need specific interventions and students who would benefit from enrichment. As a school, our data indicates that in nearly every content area St. Mary’s students:

  • Are ready to learn at or above grade level
  • Are performing above the national norm
  • Are performing above the norm for the Dioceses of Grand Rapids
How do You Interpret the Results?

After every Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) interim assessment, each student receives a score that helps illuminate what he or she knows, is ready to learn, and is projected to achieve. And thanks to something no other interim assessment offers—a mature, reliable, and stable scale—you can trust that the scores you see are both accurate and fair. Our scale, the RIT (Rasch Unit) scale, is a stable equal-interval vertical scale.
MAP Assessments: Our scales and norms.  2014.

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