Dr. Jill Chin
Director of Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
1. MAP means Measures of Academic Progress
MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) and it is a computer-based assessment tool. In September, Milford’s students in grades K-2 took MAP tests in reading and mathematics. Students in grades 3-6 took MAP assessments in reading, mathematics, and science. Students will take the tests again in January and in May to track their progress.
2. A test that responds to the student
MAP tests present students with engaging, age-appropriate content. As a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty. This is challenging and rewarding for the student and provides valuable information for teachers, parents and administrators.
3. Data as the basis for individualized learning
Each child learns differently. MAP tests are computerized and adaptive, enabling teachers to see their students as individuals. Teachers are able to see where students are and what they need to learn. Teachers are able to use MAP data to differentiate instruction, create flexible groupings of students, and develop effective intervention strategies.
4. Students' growth measured over time
With MAP testing, student growth that can be measured over time from kindergarten to high school. Because the tests adapt to the students, they produce a true measure of student growth and achievement. Students can use these measures to set targets for their growth and become more focused and engaged in their academic success
5. Improving student achievement, child by child
MAP is a way for us to measure and promote growth for all students. By using MAP assessments, Milford's teachers and administrators will be able to maximize the use of data to improve student achievement. With the data gathered, we can observe trends, evaluate program effectiveness, and focus on improving student achievement.