Bonham High School administers the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth test three times a year to students in English I, English II, Algebra, Geometry, Algebraic Reasoning, and Biology. The MAP Growth test is administered at the beginning of the year (end of August), toward the end of semester one (December), and again toward the end of the year (late March/early April). The data is used to measure student growth, develop lessons unique to student needs, and target students who may be falling behind. Teachers will also meet with students to discuss the results and help set personal academic goals.
What is the MAP Growth Test?
The Measure of Academic Progress or MAP tests are achievement measures in mathematics, reading, and science that are administered online. Unlike fixed-form paper and pencil tests with a set group of items, the MAP tests adjusts to each student’s performance, allowing an appropriate test to be developed for that student. Because of this technology, the MAP testing system is able to accommodate and accurately assess students at a variety of achievement levels.
The MAP assessment is nationally normed every 3 to 4 years (most recently in 2023). This allows for comparison of student scores to the “average” scores of other students in the same grade from a wide variety of schools across the country. This will help serve as a starting point for teachers to reveiw data and gain a better understanding of a child’s current instructional level and allow teachers to develop personalized learning plans.
MAP RIT Scale – A Ruler for Academic Growth
After each MAP test, students will receive a RIT score ranging from 140 to 300. The score reflects the student’s academic knowledge, skills, and abilities at the time of each administration and can be used to measure the academic growth of a student. The (Rasch Unit) scale is a stable, equal-interval scale. Equal-interval means that a change of 10 RIT points indicates the same thing regardless of whether a student is at the top, bottom, or middle of the scale and it has the same meaning regardless of the grade level or age of the student. (This is similar in concept as measuring the height of your child in feet and inches each year). The RIT score allows us to monitor growth throughout the year as well as year to year while the percentile ranges tell us exactly where are students are compared to other students in the same grade across the nation.
Understanding the MAP Family Report
This is a great short Youtube video explaining how to read the Family Report score shared with you by your child’s teacher. Reach out to your child’s ELA, Math, or Biology teachers if you haven’t received your Family Report.