MAP Spanish offers equitable assessment tools to better understand the next steps in learning for your Spanish-speaking students. Here are answers to the top 10 most frequently asked questions:
1. How much does it cost?
There is no additional charge for MAP Spanish assessments. Starting this fall, Spanish MAP Growth reading and math tests will automatically be included with MAP Growth K-2 and MAP Growth licenses, and MAP Reading Fluency licenses will include Spanish assessment options, as well. You simply select a language preference for the assessments you already have–and that’s it.
2. If a student takes both English and Spanish tests, does that require two licenses?
No. A student can take any tests included with the license for the regular, single license price.
3. What subjects and grades will have Spanish test options?
Spanish assessments will be available for the following subjects and grades starting this fall:
- MAP Growth Reading K-8
- MAP Growth Math K-12
- MAP Reading Fluency K-3
4. What do we need to do to get the Spanish assessments for next fall?
You don’t need to do anything. The Spanish assessments will automatically be included with your MAP Growth and MAP Reading Fluency assessments for the 2019-20 school year at no additional cost.
5. Which students are the Spanish assessments appropriate for?
The Spanish assessments can be used by native Spanish speakers receiving Spanish-only instruction, native Spanish speakers receiving English-only instruction, native Spanish speakers receiving English and Spanish instruction, and any students learning Spanish as part of a dual language immersion or foreign language program. Note that educators should expect that students receiving English-only instruction will likely show lower growth on the Spanish assessments than students also receiving instruction in Spanish.
6. Are these just translated tests, or how do you build the item pool?
The item pool for the Spanish MAP Growth assessments are made up of both items that are trans-adapted from our English item pool, meaning translated and checked for cultural bias, and newly created, authentic Spanish items. All of the Spanish passages and items for MAP Reading Fluency are newly created, authentic Spanish content.
7. What Spanish dialect are the test items written in?
We used a generic, standard variety of Spanish that is not specific to any one dialect. We avoid words or phrases that are dialect specific.
8. Our district has licenses for the Spanish reading screener in MAP Growth—what’s happening to that assessment come fall?
Because MAP Growth for K-8 and MAP Reading Fluency for K-3 offer comprehensive, adaptive reading assessments in Spanish, the K-8 Spanish Reading Screeners will be retired at the end of the current school year (2018-19) and will no longer be available in the fall.
9. Our district has licenses for Spanish math in MAP Growth—what’s happening to that assessment for fall?
The Spanish MAP Growth math assessments will continue as is and will be available to all MAP Growth partners. You will no longer need any additional licenses for the Spanish math tests; they will simply be included with your MAP Growth license at no additional charge.
10. Can schools get started with the Spanish assessments this school year?
Yes, we are actively looking for additional partners to join our pilot programs this school year. There is no cost to join the pilot, and you can get started right away. If you are interested in joining the Spanish MAP Growth Reading or Spanish MAP Reading Fluency pilots for spring 2019, please contact your account manager today.