We believe growth-based assessments provide a unique insight into the value we add to our students’ educations, as well as being an important component of a balanced assessment model.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments are used primarily in middle school to measure students’ academic growth from fall to spring. By looking at student growth over time we are better able to understand how well our curriculum and instruction are reaching students across all ranges of student readiness and concept mastery.
Assessing students in the fall allows teachers access to valuable formative information that will drive their instruction and better attune their curriculum to the relative strengths and weaknesses of their students. The follow-up assessment in the spring confirms the efficacy of the teacher’s adjustments, as well as encourages students to take greater ownership of their own learning by giving them a metric of how much they have learned in their academic year.
Based on our trend data, we have improved our ability to use the growth-based data in mathematics and add more educational value for students. Our reading data was similarly trending up, but took a minor dip in the current year. Taken together, the growth-based assessment data indicate that middle school teachers are reaching more of their students at their instructional level and providing them instructionally appropriate and relevant curriculum and instruction.
View/Download data for MAP - Reading & Math Mastery