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The year of the Mountain Zebra
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“The purpose of quality student assessment is to help students learn! And teachers teach!”

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

Next week, AISM students will be taking the Measures of Academic Progress assessment to ensure that your students are making measurable growth in their studies here at AISM.

Three weeks ago, when I was at a conference in New York, I met with a former Director (from my days of being a Science Teacher,) and a representative from MAP.  I mentioned to my former Director (now colleague) that when I return to Monrovia, we will be doing our final MAP test to see how our students are doing.  The Director looked at me … confused … and he said: “you don’t give MAP tests at the end of the year, ... but in March?”  Before I could respond, the representative from MAP said …. “Yes, that is when it should be used.  MAP should not be used as an autopsy; it is a diagnostic test. It is to help identify the areas that teachers need to focus on with the students.” I could see the moment of “got it” in my colleague’s eyes.  

With that in mind, we will use the MAP test before the start of the third trimester to “help students learn, and teachers teach.”  

Tomorrow, we will send the MAP schedule home to assist you in “preparing” for next week’s MAP test. Please keep this in mind while reviewing the schedule:

  • MAP tests are individualized measures of performance in Reading, Math, and Science. Tests are taken on the computer, and the results help teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students. Results help our teachers and parents work together to make informed decisions that promote the students’ academic growth.
  • MAP tests are not timed. The test normally takes about 45 minutes to an hour to complete. Please make sure that your students have a large and healthy snack (or extra Cantina coupons) for our test days.  As you will see from the schedule tomorrow, some of your students will have a late lunch that day, while the other students will be having an early morning snack.  This is why a larger snack (or more coupons) will be ideal.
  • MAP tests are adaptive, which means that the test is designed to target each student’s academic performance. The 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.  This is not a test you can study for. However, a good night’s rest will help your students focus.

Parents, please remember that you are your student’s first and most important teacher. The best support you can provide to your students to help them “prepare” for next week’s MAP testing is:

  1. Good night’s rest
  2. Large, healthy snack
  3. Speaking positively about what they are studying and learning in school.  Studies show that in homes where parents speak to their students positively about what they are studying and learning in school, the students have a 42% gain over those whose parents accept answers such as “I don’t know,” … or “nothing.”
  4. Review with your students the “goals” that they have established during their goal setting meetings earlier this year.

This final NWEA MAP assessment will continue to give our school community the opportunity to work together to guarantee that your students achieve measurable growth.  It will help our students learn and our teachers teach! in a diagnostic fashion for continued growth and student achievement!

Have a good afternoon,


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