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MAP Testing is Done, Now What?

October 13, 2021 | Gladys Wu

As you look at your child’s report, it is helpful to recognize that different information can be gathered from the report.

First, you might think and wonder… “Is this score true to what I already know about my child?”

Next, let’s take a look at your child’s MAP Growth. Do we notice any growth? If so, celebrate! 

If there is little to no growth, we can stop and reflect. Here are some questions we can ask:

  • Does a barrier exist or a need that is not met? Sometimes, it could even be that your child needs a quieter space!
  • How long did your child spend on the overall test? The MAP test actually informs a teacher when a child is going too fast and rapidly guessing. It’s always funny when a child shockingly realizes we are keeping a close eye on all of them when we ask them to slow down (ha!).
  • Perhaps, we think back to the test taking day and wonder, “Did my child sleep well or eat a healthy breakfast?”

Then we can take a look at your child’s MAP Achievement. The achievement score tells you how your child performs in comparison to the current grade level. 

And thirdly, the RIT score for ELA or Math is an estimation of your child’s instructional level and growth. Parents and teachers can use this score to set goals and identify topics that students are ready to learn or needs to be introduced to. Teachers may create workshops or small groups to target these goals. As the Learning Specialist, I also play this important role of problem solving with teachers and finding additional resources to close any gaps. 

Did you know? Students in 4th and 5th grade take the “Math 2-5th” test, and starting in 6th grade, students take the “Math 6+” test. This means that starting in 6th grade, students can see even more challenging questions that can reach all the way to Algebra or beyond, if MAP NWEA thinks they can be challenged to do so!

For more information, please check out these resources below:

Common MAP Growth Questions

Parents and MAP Growth – 7 Things to Know

Gladys Wu

Learning Specialist

Gladys Wu is excited to be a part of the Mustard Seed community and to share God’s love in all she does. She hopes to introduce tools and resources to make the classroom more invitational and accessible to students of varying learning needs. Her previous experiences include working with students from diverse backgrounds who have visual impairments and multiple disabilities.

Ms. Wu remembers all of the educators in her life who have inspired and challenged her to love learning, develop patience and understanding, gain confidence in her abilities, and pursue a career in education in order to impact lives. She hopes to do the same!

Things that make her happy include visiting farms, photographing scenic environments, and relaxing at a local coffee or dessert shop. She prides herself in DIY projects and has an interesting reputation of hoarding “garbage” and turning these objects into beautiful artwork or useful new products. Ms. Wu laughs at cheesy puns, even when no one else is laughing, and believes in finding joy in all that she does.

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