At Liwa International School, we are continuously working to ensure that our students are provided with a strong international education and therefore we closely monitor their progress and attainment against international standards, including American standardized tests. Students from KG2 to Grade 10 will be taking the MAP tests three times a year. Please find more information below.
What are MAP Growth Tests?
MAP (which stands for “Measure Academic Performance”) Growth tests are computerized adaptive tests which means the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions.
Who takes MAP Growth Tests?
More than 8 million KG2-Grade 10 students take the MAP test in over 7,800 schools and districts across the USA and in 140 countries around the world.
Why do schools choose to administer MAP Growth Tests and why are these tests important?
The purpose of MAP Growth is to determine what the student knows and is ready to learn next. MAP Growth tracks students’ individual growth over time. When students finish their MAP Growth test, they receive a number called a RIT score for each area they are tested in (reading, language usage, math, or science). This score represents a student’s achievement level at any given moment and helps measure their academic growth over time. The RIT scale is a stable scale that accurately measures student performance, regardless of age, grades, or grade level.
How long does the MAP Growth Test take?
Although there is not a set amount of time for the test, most students take less than an hour to complete a MAP Growth test (however students may take as much time as they need to complete it).
How can students prepare for the MAP Growth Tests?
Your child’s teacher will help with any pre-test instructions to explain the test to the students. Just like any school day, make sure your child gets plenty of rest and is fed with a well-rounded diet. Encourage him/her to do his/her best.
What should be done after the test?
After the testing period, you will receive a progress report for your child (it will take a couple of weeks for the reports to be generated). Your child will be setting termly goals for improvement and will be working on areas that have been highlighted by these tests. Your child’s teacher will assign practice that is important not only for growth on these tests but for him/her to successfully meet the requirements for the grade level. It is imperative that you reinforce the significance of these tests and your child’s performance and progress (including the time and effort they invest into improving the necessary areas).
Ways to help and support your child
Because each test it tailored to your child’s instructional level, MAP Tests assess the optimal instructional level for your child. Every child is different so is every MAP test. Below are some suggestions to help strengthen your child’s Language, Reading Skills, and Math:
• Talk to your child and encourage him or her to engage in conversation during family activities.
• Give a journal or diary as a gift.
• Help your child write a letter to a friend or family member. Offer assistance with correct grammar usage and content.
• Have a “word of the week” that is defined every Monday. Encourage your child to use the new word throughout the week.
• Plan a special snack or meal and have your child write the menu.
• After finishing a chapter in a book or a magazine article, have your child explain his or her favorite event.
Ways to help your child with Reading:
• Provide many opportunities for your child to read books or other materials. Children learn to read best when they have books and other reading materials at home and plenty of chances to read. Read aloud to your child. Research shows that this is the most important activity that parents can do to increase their child’s chance of reading success. Keep reading aloud even when your child can read independently.
• Make time for the library.
• Play games like Scrabble, Spill and Spell, Scattergories, and Balderdash together.
• Follow your child’s interest–find fiction and nonfiction books that tie into this interest.
• Work crossword puzzles with your child.
• Give a magazine subscription for a gift.
Ways to help your child with Mathematics:
• Spend time with kids on simple board games, puzzles, and activities that encourage better attitudes and stronger mathematics skills. Even everyday activities such as playing with toys in a sandbox or in a tub at bath time can teach children mathematics concepts such as weight, density, and volume. Check your television listings for shows that can reinforce mathematics skills in a practical and fun way.
• Encourage children to solve problems. Provide assistance, but let them figure it out themselves. Problem solving is a lifetime skill.
• The kitchen is filled with tasty opportunities to teach fractional measurements, such as doubling and dividing cookie recipes.
• Point out ways that people use mathematics every day to pay bills, balance their checkbooks, figure out their net earnings, make change, and how to tip at restaurants. Involve older children in projects that incorporate geometric and algebraic concepts such as planting a garden, building a bookshelf, or figuring how long it will take to drive to your family vacation destination.
• Children should learn to read and interpret charts and graphs such as those found in daily newspapers. Collecting and analyzing data will help your child draw conclusions and become discriminating readers of numerical information.