One way that we maintain our accredited status as a school is with standardized testing. As many of you know, at Rock Solid we have chosen to use the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP tests). Unlike traditional standardized tests, the MAP test measures students’ individual growth over time.
The test is computer-adaptive, meaning that the questions are determined by the student. If he/she answers a question correctly, the next question will be more difficult; if he/she answers incorrectly, the next question will be less difficult. Students take the test three times during the school year (September, January, and April/May). This provides useful feedback to teachers, who can then use this feedback to inform instruction. It also gives us a picture of the student body as a whole, which helps to inform curricular choices.
The first round of MAP tests will take place in September. Stay tuned for the schedule and how you can help prepare your students to have a positive testing experience!