Back in May, I wrote an extensive blog post about our rationale for switching to a new interim benchmark assessment. Now that we have officially completed our first full testing window with the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test, it seemed appropriate to provide an update on our work with this exciting new assessment tool.
On Friday, Oct. 6, most of our K-8 faculty members engaged in six hours of interactive training with a representative of the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), the organization that delivers the MAP test. Included in these training sessions were components of reading and utilizing both static and interactive reports, facilitating goal-setting conversations with students, and articulating differentiated instructional plans to parents and other constituents.
The MAP results provide our teachers a valuable tool for enhanced differentiation practices. Teachers have access to class reports that support improved grouping strategies, grade reports that show overall areas of strength and improvement for the larger group of students, and interactive student profile reports that highlight specific areas in which an individual student requires reinforcement, development or enrichment.
Parents will be able to partner better with teachers in understanding the instructional plan for the year, and will also be able to track their child’s growth on MAP assessments from fall-to-spring and year-to-year. Students in our Middle School will have an opportunity to discuss content-specific goals with their teachers of English and mathematics, and then to have their progress tested again in the spring.
We, at Harrisburg Academy, are proud to have this valuable instructional tool in place in support of furthering each child’s academic progress and reflection for improvement; and to be able to grow further our partnership capacity with parents.