Administration of MAP Assessment for Grades K-12
Due to the emergency closure of school buildings last spring, the Maryland State Department of Education is requiring all local school districts to administer a fall diagnostic assessment in math and literacy to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The diagnostic assessment is designed to inform instruction, recovery and intervention and account for learning loss, as well as determine the present performance levels of students on math and literacy standards. MCPS will administer the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment as the fall diagnostic. We will be administering the virtual MAP assessment during September and early October. Schools will have flexibility in scheduling the specific days and times for administration. Your child’s school will inform you of the specific testing day(s)/time(s). At the secondary level, Wednesdays will likely be used as one of the options for MAP administration.The MAP assessment has been administered at both the elementary and middle school levels for the past several years. While the administration of MAP will be new at the high school level, many students will be familiar with taking it when they were in middle school.
Additionally, each school district in the state of Maryland is required to conduct universal screening of all Kindergarten and Grade 1 students to determine potential for reading difficulties. For MCPS, this assessment is the MAP Reading Fluency (MAP-RF).
A summary of the assessments by grade level is below:
|MAP Growth Assessment Content||Grade Levels||Resource||Practice Test|
|MAP Reading Fluency (MAP-RF)||Kindergarten – Grade 2||Fact Sheet||Not Applicable|
|MAP Growth Mathematics (MAP-P)||Kindergarten – Grade 2||Fact Sheet||Take the Practice Test
|MAP Growth Mathematics (MAP-M)||Grade 3 – Grade 12||About the Test||Take the Practice Test
|MAP Growth Reading (MAP-R)||Grade 3 – Grade 12|
MCPS will be using the results from the MAP assessment in literacy and mathematics to monitor student progress throughout the school year, as well as progress from one school year to the next. Teachers and school staff use MAP scores to inform instruction and personalize learning, as well as measure the performance and growth of students. MAP scores are one data point of many that teachers use to inform teaching and learning on a whole class, small group and individual basis. It is important for parents/guardians to limit their assistance to helping students logon and set up for the assessment. School staff will be available to help students navigate other issues as they take the assessment. As the assessment results are used to determine what students’ areas of academic strength and need are, it is not helpful to students to have help from others answering questions. The assessment is not an achievement-focused one, but rather a tool for school staff to assess how best to plan and support students.
As an overview to understand the MAP assessment, an overview of how MAP works, what it measures and common questions, check out this resource from NWEA, the creator of the MAP assessment.
You will be receiving more information and resources from your child’s school on the administration of the MAP assessment.