Elementary schools complete MAP testing


Students in second through fifth grade finished a round of testing Friday that pits them against only themselves.

MAP testing -- Measures of Academic Progress -- was implemented in the 2002-2003 school year to measure a student's academic growth from year to year.

Students were tested in language arts, math and reading.

MAP tests are administered via a computer that self adjusts to a student's learning level. Results are analyzed after each answer is given, and the content and difficulty of the next question is based on those results.

"It gets increasingly hard or increasingly easier based on how a student answered the previous question," East Elementary School Principal Diana Cook said.

That format means no one fails the test. MAP test results are provided on a student's report card, which shows how much a student has grown academically.

Average growth also is shown and is based on scores nationwide.

Teachers use the scores to create lesson plans and gear curriculum to students'weak points. The school district uses the scores in conjunction with other tests, such as the Colorado Student Assessment Program, to form a "body of evidence" to gauge student achievement.

"This correlates very well with CSAP testing," Cook said.

The district's minimum goal is a year's worth of growth in a year's time.

The MAP test is also used to indicate very quickly a new student's skill level.

April 25 to May 1 is the spring MAP testing window for grades 2 to 10. Tests are administered twice a year, but students can take them up to four times.

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