Tomorrow, your child will be taking home their MAP data. I would like to show you a few different examples of what their MAP data might show you.
Example 1: Meeting The Prediction
This chart shows a projected growth of 14 points, as well as an actual growth of 14 points. This student has met the prediction that the MAP software set out for them.
Example 2: Beating Predictions
This chart shows a projected growth of 13 points, but an actual growth of 21 points. This student has had a great test.
Example 3 is similar to example 2, only the actual growth goes through and above the grade mean level, whilst also beating the growth projection. This child had an extremely good test.
This student has made progress, but not as much as the MAP software predicted. Having made progress is something to be celebrated, and working out why not as much progress was made as predicted is something to be thought about.
Example 5: Going Backwards?
In this final example, you can see a line that goes strongly downwards. This is not what we want to see but it does sometimes happen. We’ll give a few examples as to why below.
How Important Are the MAP Results?
I assess the children’s levels in multiple ways. MAP data is only one method. There is also in class work, whether written, demonstrative, or oral, and in-class assessments, whether formative (on-going) or summative (at the end of a unit). Class work is more reliable than MAP testing as the children work in class for the whole year, whereas a MAP test happens in one part, of one day, twice a year. MAP gives a snapshot of a child on a particular day, whereas the other methods show you the level of a child throughout the year. The report card reflects your child’s attainment from the whole year.
Children can score well because they work hard, study well, etc., and also due to luck because they could guess some answers correctly.
Children can score poorly due to feeling unwell on the day, feeling stressed or worried about the test, guessing answers to finish early, or even due to the time of day that the MAP test takes place. For example, our reading test happened first lesson in the morning and most of the students scored well. However, some of our other tests happened in the afternoons, right after P.E., when the children were feeling quite tired. On these tests, some of the children did not score well. But, as they still did well with their class work, their report card grade will still be positive.
I would like to see all students meet or beat their predictions but this is only one test. When a child has good class work, a poor test does not affect their report card, and there are multiple factors to take into consideration as to why they scored what they did.
Please let me know if you have any questions.