Assessment: MAP Testing begins this week

September 27, 2021

From September 27 to October 6, ASA will conduct tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP) for students from Grades 3 to 10. These tests will measure academic growth across the school year in the areas of Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics, and are administered twice a year at ASA.

What are MAP tests?

MAP Growth® is the most trusted and innovative assessment for measuring achievement and growth in K–12 math, reading, language usage, and science (Source: MAP tests are an external assessment from the United States, used to assist in determining students’ instructional level. Close to 1000 international schools in 145 countries use this assessment.

What does ASA do with the information that MAP provides?

Teachers use the data from MAP testing to inform learning and teaching. It assists in determining which skills require enhancing, which skills students have already developed, and which skills need to be introduced. MAP tests also provide our school with a reference point for the ongoing development of the school-wide curriculum. This data allows us to look for trends within certain areas of our curriculum.

What part MAP results do play in student assessment?

It is important to remember that MAP results provide one piece of assessment data in the process of acquiring information and making judgments about student progress toward intended learning. At ASA, we believe sound assessment involves creating a multitude of ways to measure and communicate student learning over time – a photo album versus a single snapshot.