Throughout this past week, elementary students at Legacy School Omaha have been participating in the Measure of Academic Progress testing (MAPS). MAPS testing assessments are computer-adaptive tests in Math and Reading. Most importantly, unlike other testing methods, teachers at Legacy School use MAPS as a non-stressful tool to determine a baseline for each student.
Why does Legacy School use MAPS testing?
1.) They are computer-adaptive tests
MAPS assessments are unique, as the computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions based on how well the student answered the previous question.
2.) No preparation pressure for students
When taking MAPS assessments at Legacy School, students are not urged to prepare. As a result, when students take the test, they are not worried about their results. MAPS tests are also untimed, giving each student the ability to work at their own pace. Teachers only use these tests to determine a baseline for each student.
3.) They give teachers insight into each student
Each MAPS report gives teachers knowledge of where a student’s strengths are and what support they need in Reading and Math. Each teacher then uses this information to help guide instruction in the classroom to individual students.
4.) Progress can be measured
The Fall assessment gathers baseline. The Spring assessment measures the students’ growth to that point. The scale used to measure a student’s progress is called the RIT scale, short for the Rasch Unit (Rasch unIT). The RIT scale is an equal-interval scale much like inches on a yardstick. It is used to chart a student’s academic growth from year to year. The RIT score is not a measure of mastery or a grade. However, it provides information about what a student is ready to learn.
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