You may have heard your child talking about the MAP tests. Or maybe the subject has come up in a conversation with a school staff or other community members,but do you really know what these are? Or how they are used at Two Eagle River School? We want to clear this up for you.
Northwest Evaluation Association is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to help all students learn. One of their services is the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP). This assessment is designed to show us what our students already know and what we still need to teach them. It also gives us information on their learning levels, that is, what they are ready to learn.
TERS uses this information to place students in the appropriately-leveled class where they can learn most effectively and efficiently.
MAP assessments also allow us to find the "holes" in students' learning. Perhaps your child was sick for and extended period in 5th grade and missed the essentials of long devision. They continued on in math, but have since struggled with long division. The MAP helps us to identify this "hole" in the students learning. By doing so we are then able to aid in the filling this hole, allowing students' learning (with the aid of the MAP) in the following areas:
By giving these assessments three times each year (fall/September, winter/January, and spring/May), we are able to see individual student growth, as well as trends within our student body.
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Two Eagle River School is the alternative school of the confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation.