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MAP Testing at USD #343

It is that time of year!  Teachers and students are preparing to start the yearly round of MAP testing in USD #343.  (MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress.)  This test is given twice per year and is used by teachers to gauge exactly where each student stands academically.  In other words, it provides data about where the child is in their learning process; what they already know and what they are ready to learn.  

The MAP test is dynamically adaptive to the student's test answers.  If the student answers a question correctly, the next question will be more challenging.  If the student answers a question incorrectly, the test will offer a simpler question.  With the MAP test being so adaptive to individual student knowledge, the score reflects a realistic view of where the student is in terms of learning. 

All students in grades three through eleven will take the MAP test in Reading, Math, and Science at some point between August 29th and September 23rd.  These tests are taken on the computer or iPad and will give teachers timely information that they can use to adjust instruction to meet the needs of each student.  Because the tests are computerized, the students will receive feedback as soon as they finish taking the test.  

Students will take the test the second time in the second semester beginning on April 10th.  The purpose of the second test is to show clear evidence of their own progress over the course of the year.  The MAP testing system maintains a file of each student's scores, so that families will have a one-page profile of the student's growth.  

Want to know even more about MAP testing?  Feel free to view this video: https://youtu.be/rHGmVvaswCo

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