Old Road, Congo Town, Monrovia, Liberia, Africa | Phone: 231-777-818-775 | administration@aismonrovia.com

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November 22, 2017

RE: Trimester II Preparations Complete

  1. MAP Testing:      Check - Results to be sent home today.
  2. Report Cards:     Check
  3. ASAP "restart":   Check
  4. Ready for Thanksgiving Recess: CHECK!

MAP Testing

“The purpose of quality student assessment is to help students learn! And teachers teach!”
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I love this quote that can be found on the website of our assessment partner, the Northwest Evaluation Association. It truly demonstrates how quality evaluation can enhance a student’s overall educational experience, while providing teachers with the information they need to best assist your students’ education.

This year, our fifth partnering with NWEA, AISM continues to use the Measures of Academic Progress assessment to ensure that your students are making measurable student growth.

This afternoon, your students’ MAP results will be sent home with them.  When reviewing and discussing your students’ progress, please keep in mind:

  • MAP tests are individualized measures of performance in Reading, and Math (and Science for grades 3-9). Tests are taken on the computer, and the results help teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students. The results help us work together to make informed decisions that promote your students’ academic growth.
  • MAP tests are adaptive, which means that the test is designed to target each student’s academic performance. These tests are tailored to each student’s current achievement level. The computer adjusts the difficulty level of the questions as the test progresses.  Therefore, each student takes a unique test. The assessment also has a standard deviation variable, which lets us know if the student is “disengaged”, and if the test results are valid.  
  • The MAP Science test, provided to students in Grades 3- 9, is being used both to measure your students’ progress, and also to help assist us with the implementation of our new Science Fusion Program, which we introduced last year.
  • As per the chart below, the goal of the Measure of Academic Progress assessment is to measure “growth over time”, and also to ensure “quality control” as we can compare our academic program to not just U.S.-based schools, but to other schools in our association (Association of International Schools in Africa – AISA), and to other U.S. State Department-Assisted Schools (A/OS). 
  • As parents, and as teachers, our primary focus is on the “blue” line, which shows your student’s individual growth. Students’ growth per grade level is also captured in the chart below.

A few years ago, when the school faced external challenges caused by a regional health crisis, I shared the school’s academic performance with the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) that produces our Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment; they responded as follows:

“Your positive message about your students’ academic success has reminded me of why we cherish our profession, but more importantly, it reaffirms that anything is possible and achievable. Even in the most challenging situations … by placing students first, and making informed “real time” data-driven decisions, our students' academic growth knows no limit.”

For community members joining our program this year, I just want to send a quick reminder that this approach is not new. Multi-grade mastery-based planning has been used widely in International Schools for over a decade, and provides more fluidity to meet each student's needs. The American International School of Monrovia has furthered the multi-age mastery-based flexible grouping system by having students working in various clusters in English and Math.

Next week, for the small percent of students who did not achieve the desired growth, we will be working with them to try to identify such crucial questions as: what have our students learned?  What are their present learning triumphs and challenges? And, what do we – as a learning community – need to put in place to set our students up for success?

Parents who wish to discuss MAP results with their homeroom teachers are encouraged to contact the teacher directly to schedule an appointment. This will allow us to ensure that we are all working together for student academic growth and success.

Best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving Recess. We will see you on Monday!!

Jeff

Important Dates:

  1. MAP Test Results sent home: TODAY
     
  2. School on Thanksgiving Recess: Tomorrow and Friday (November 23rd and 24th)
     
  3. Any needed scheduled adjustments to our “flex” groups will be recommended today, and implemented on Monday.
     
  4. AISM Turns Ten: 10th Anniversary Celebration! – Friday, December 8th:  3:00 – 4:30p.m.
     
  5. PTA Christmas Event:  Friday, December 15th: 12:30 – 3:00p.m. (Students who don’t celebrate Christmas will be excused at 12:30.)

Reference:
 
*RIT:   https://legacysupport.nwea.org/node/4344

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Jeff Trudeau
AISM Director


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Old Road, Congo Town, Monrovia, Liberia, Africa | P.O. Box 1625 | Phone: 231-777-818-775
administration@aismonrovia.com

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