Assessing Learning at Trinity
At Trinity Lutheran School, all students in Kindergarten through Grade 1 take achievement tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (or MAP®). MAP tests determine a student’s instructional level and measures academic growth within a school year, and from year to year in the areas of Reading and Math. Trinity students take these online MAP tests on iPads.
MAP Testing is fundamentally different from a traditional achievement tests which are one-time, end-of-the-year tests “summing” up a student’s achievement over the course of a year. MAP assessments, in contrast, are administered twice each year in K and G1. Strikingly different, MAP:
- harnesses the dynamics of computer technology, adapting the test according to student responses, correct or incorrect, to find an individual profile of learning for each student as a formative measure, “forms” a base of instruction for teachers to use for knowing, addressing, and remediating any weaknesses individual students may have identifies strengths students have mastered for their grade level, and where teachers should be extending learning in classrooms.
- reports a profile of content and skills, rather than ranking or comparing students by percentile scores
- uses less class time than traditional achievement testing, while still producing timely, detailed, accurate information about student academic growth. For every testing window students will spend only a total of about three hours completing these tests early in Winter and later in Spring.
MAP ushers in a new era of instruction and assessment which focuses on every child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information and resources for parents, download the MAP Parent Toolkit and also check out detailed information in print and from our powerpoints all available at school.trinitydowntown.com/MAPtests.