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If there's one thing all schools have in common, it's this: they have to deal with the unexpected all the time. And now that it's MAP Growth testing season, that may mean that a new staff member or someone filling in needs to catch up quickly on how to give a MAP assessment! So this post is for anyone who's been asked to proctor unexpectedly, or anyone who's had to remember how to proctor a MAP Growth test at the last minute. 


What you'll need to get started:

  • Proctor login credentials. You should have these in an email, but if you don't, you can go to the MAP Growth site and use the "Forgot Username or Password?" option. 
  • Information about which students are taking which tests. As part of proctoring, you'll be ensuring in the system that the right kids are taking the right assessments. You may need to check with local leaders to determine which tests to give, because it can vary across districts, schools, and grades. 
  • A basic understanding of how it will work. Proctoring a test for a class is essentially a three-step process:

1) you'll log in and specify which kids are testing

2) you'll verify which test they're taking, and note any necessary accommodations

3) you'll get the kids logged in to their devices, you'll start the test, and address any pausing and resuming needs As long as you keep that general process on your radar, you'll be able to move quickly.


Last-minute proctor resources: 

  • Proctor Quick Start. A four-page guide that outlines the steps you'll take as a proctor to get kids testing. Pro tip: read the whole thing through before you take any action—it'll give you a better understanding of all of your options. (It's also available in Spanish and Arabic.)
  • The Proctor Quick Start Video covers the same information visually. It's really useful, and that same page has additional videos that cover specific proctor tasks. 
  • Testing Tips for MAP Growth is a four-page guide that does a great job answering a lot of the "what happens if..." questions. It's even got scripts to read to students before they start. Print a copy and keep it around on test day, and you'll be prepared for any hiccups. 
  • The Proctor Guide is the longer, comprehensive guide to proctoring. You might not consider a 25-page document a last-minute resource, but that's where the Table of Contents functionality really makes a difference. Use the links at the top to skip to any proctoring topic you need more details about. The guide definitely has a sequence, but those links help you use it more like a phone book than a complete narrative. 


How do you support your proctors on test day? What are your best tips for helping someone catch up quickly? Share your best advice in the comments!

Coming back from summer isn’t just tough on studentsteachers have to make the transition back to the classroom too, and that means remembering a lot of details about everything from student allergies to class schedules to the curriculum. In other words, if you’re getting back to class now and you haven’t thought a whole lot about MAP Growth reports, that’s totally understandable. There's a lot going on! Here’s a quick guide to a few reports you can use to get started to re-engage with data and get some insights you can put to use right away.


You can start by getting a sense of how your students did as a group using the class report. This is a good one because it answers several important questions:

  • How did my kids do? In the class report, you can consider their performance from multiple perspectives, and in comparison to national norms. Start with the “Overall Performance” row to see your class’s distribution. 

  • What areas can we focus on for growth? In what areas are we seeing success that we can foster? The Class Report reflects performance in specific goal areas, so you can see where you might need to focus instruction, and you can also see where your current efforts are having the biggest positive impact. 


Once you’ve had a chance to consider all that the class report is showing you, try out the Student Profile Report to see how each child performed, or check out the Learning Continuum to see how you can use your MAP Growth scores to understand what each student is ready to learn next. 


When you're ready to think about your MAP Growth data in terms of the bigger picture of the rest of the schoolyear, check out this post from 2016 Virginia State Teacher of the Year Natalie DiFusco-Funk that gives great advice on which reports to check in with throughout the year.


What reports do you use at the beginning of the schoolyear to reconnect with student data? Share your best advice in the comments. And here's to another great schoolyear!

Family-teacher conferences are the perfect time to team up with families in support of your students! Whether you're discussing how to help them toward their growth goals, or celebrating how much they've grown, it's an opportunity to use data to reinforce how you support each student. 


As you may have heard, there's a brand-new MAP report designed specifically to help guide those conversations: the Family Report. It's a one-page report that both summarizes the student's results and puts them in context—so parents can see both how their student is doing and how you're using MAP data to inform your instruction with that student. 


As we celebrate the launch of the Family Report, we want to hear from YOU! What data do you bring to family conferences? How do you engage them in conversations about growth? What have the responses been like? 


Share your best stories, advice, and insights in the comments!


And if you're new to MAP, and you're looking for additional resources for conferences, here are a few must-read resources. 


Assessments can be a tough thing for kids to connect with—it’s one thing to comb through the data and make powerful realizations about how they’re growing, and it’s a completely different thing to have a student in front of you, wondering what the big deal is about a test. Depending on their age or experiences, they may be unfamiliar with growth assessments, how they work, and what they can do. 


To help facilitate those conversations, and to begin the process of engaging students with their own growth, here are three questions to use either one-on-one or with your whole classroom. Use these questions to walk through how it will work in your school, and to give them insight into the big picture of how you’ll use the data together, and the opportunities it will provide to celebrate growth. 


Have you ever tracked your own growth before?

Kids are used to tracking things like their own heights or shoe sizes as they grow, and in a sense, using a MAP Growth assessment isn’t all that different—it’s a tool for tracking how their knowledge and skills are growing. Find out how they’re tracking their growth already, and then extend that to their learning. It can be hard to get kids past the word “test” sometimes, but it can be helpful to frame it as one of the many ways they’re already tracking their own growth. 


Have you ever taken an adaptive assessment before? 

This is an important question to ask in multiple contexts, because students who are unfamiliar with adaptive assessments may have trouble connecting with them if they don’t know what to expect. If they’ve never taken an adaptive assessment before, have a conversation about how they work, and let them know that it’s designed to challenge them—and that there’s no passing or failing. Whether you’ve got a student who’s used to knowing the answer to every question, or a student who’s never taken a test they can’t study for, letting them know how it works can go a long way toward helping them be successful.


What are your favorite things to read about? 

If your students will be taking MAP reading assessments, you’ll receive Lexile ranges for each of them, so you can assign just-right reading materials. And with their Lexile range, you can search for reading material on any topic, so students can still read their favorite types of stories. Explain to them how it works, find out what their favorite books are, and then let them know they’ll be able to pick what they read about—students often engage more meaningfully when they’ve got agency in the process. 


How do you prepare your classes for MAP testing? What questions do you ask? Share your best ideas and advice in the comments below!

Summer’s here, and while kids loving have a break from school, it can be a challenge to keep them engaged with learning all the way through the fall. In fact, one of the questions that comes up regularly here in the community is, “What can teachers and families do over the summer to make sure their kids don’t lose any of the great growth and progress they achieved over the school year?”


As you can imagine, the topic of summer learning and growth can get complicated, quickly. But that’s what this post is for: Here’s a quick rundown on some of our best insights and tips for students, families, and teachers on the topic of summer learning. 


What is Summer Learning Loss? 

First, it’s important to start with what the science says about what summer learning loss is, and the impact it may have on students. Start with these two articles from NWEA expert Megan Kuhfeld, PhD.



How Can Families Get Involved?

Summers are a great time to get families involved with learning. Here are several of our favorite recommendations for helping students avoid the “summer slide” over the break.


What MAP Growth Data Can Teachers Use at the End of Summer?

The worst part about summer is that is has to endbut the end of the season is the perfect time for teachers to start preparing for their new students. As the season winds down, consider how you can use existing MAP Growth data to better understanding your incoming class. 




How do you support learning in the summers? What advice do you have for other educators and families who want to support their young learners during the break? Share your best ideas here!

Update: You can check out all of the contest winners on Teach.Learn.Growand other entrants here.




We’re back again with another set of entrants from our inspiring teachers contest. Check out how these educators got their kids excited about MAP Growth!


  • Kimberly Elliott from Warner Christian Academy in South Daytona, Florida wrote: “I challenged my students to improve their scores with a different challenge during each testing session of the 2018-19 school year. If 75% of each class (English students in grades 10, 11, and 12) raised their scores from the previous testing period, I agreed I would make them a pancake breakfast, including chocolate chips, bananas, blueberries, and whipped cream. I teach five high school classes, and four of the five classes reached the goal! I joyfully made pancakes most of that day. During the winter session, all students who continued to raise scores received their choice of either two homework passes or one quiz pass. This spring 2019, the challenge is to raise their scores for a carry-in, fun food day for each class.

    Students’ scores continue to rise and meet the challenges…especially when food is involved. Teens love to eat! Students now know their scores, care about them, and are working harder than ever to improve them! This carryover from improved MAP scores was evident by the PSAT 10 scores where approximately 70% of my sophomore students met or exceeded the college readiness benchmark for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing.”


  • Tulsa Public Schools told us about Sarah Bailey, a third-grade teacher in the district. “Each student has a Data Binder where they graph percentiles from the first time they took the test to the most current. Ms. Bailey’s students have graphs that show scores from Kindergarten to present—it’s very cool and the students respond well to the visual! The students are aware of their projected growth/growth goals and look at how they can meet them. They look at their levels of proficiency on the student profile and identify areas of strengths and weaknesses for each subject area and work on specific skills aligned to areas to improve through “MAP Skills” or PathBlazer where they can self-check their progress. Ms. Bailey has the highest percentage of students meeting their growth goals—well above 50% every time!”

  • Alaina Bear, a second-grade teacher at Sully Elementary School at Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia, wrote: “At my school, my students take the MAP growth assessments for reading and math in grades 2-5. When they come to 2nd grade, it is their first time experiencing MAP Growth. In order to encourage the students to meet their growth goals by the end of the year, my students each have their own data binder. They keep this updated all year with their reading and math data. Each student has his or her own MAP Growth student goal setting sheet for reading and math. I meet with the students individually and discuss their progress. We discuss how they can successfully meet their goals this year. They were so thrilled to track their progress with these bar graphs (which they are learning about in our math unit)!

    Additionally, in order to encourage students to perform their best, our grade-level team doesn't call it a MAP Growth "test"! We have called it a "celebration of learning!" I am encouraging positivity with test taking and telling my students that we are celebrating all that they have learned by letting them show what they know on MAP! I decorated my classroom door to show that we were celebrating learning and then gave them a few treats on the day of the assessment!

    Finally, I hosted an ice cream celebration after our last MAP Growth assessment. We titled this celebration “Meeting Our Goals is so Sweet.” The students could earn special toppings on their ice cream based on their achievement on their spring MAP Growth test. My students were so motivated by this, and I had such amazing growth this year.

    This was my BEST year of student academic achievement on these two assessments! I feel that this year I diligently used the MAP Growth data to drive my instruction in math and reading. I was determined to personalize learning for my students so that they could achieve their goals!

  • Isabel Jomarron and Hollie Craddock from Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, wrote: “We are both ESL teachers at a public Middle School. Every day, we serve students and families from about 45 countries. Our mission is to find what makes our kiddos unique and empower them to find their voice in school. MAP Growth has been extremely helpful in finding our students' academic strengths. Just recently, we launched a MAP Growth pilot completely in Spanish for students from 6th through 8th grade. It was a unique experience that gave us a different perspective on what our bilingual students can show when they test in their native language!


That's it for our contest entries! Thank you to everyone who participated!

Update: You can check out all of the contest winners on Teach.Learn.Grow and other entrants here.


Hello again!


We’re back with more entrants from our recent contest for teachers who keep their kids excited and engaged with their academic growth! Here are this week’s teachers.



  • Jackie Cruz Chabad at Esformes Hebrew Academy wrote:My method of preparing and getting my students ready and excited for MAP Growth Testing starts with an ongoing reminder of how smart and special they all are! I'm always reciting Patricia Polacco's words: 'Every child has a gift. Some are ready to open their gift before others, and that's okay.' Having each student know they have the potential to learn is very important. How much and how far is up to them. 

    The students are exposed to ongoing assessments throughout the year. They are aware of their weak and strong areas. I keep them informed of their progress and provide time to assist in improving areas where needed. As a result, when MAPs Testing begins, they’re excited, rather than nervous.

    Why excited, you ask? Well, To help remind us where we are with our MAPs Growth, we have a plant with flowers in which we keep our scores throughout the year. Each student focus on their flower: it grows as they progress. And as the year progresses, the student's learning progresses, and the plant is a visual reminder of the work they put forth during the year. They look forward to seeing their flower move up towards the sun."


  • Mellichamp Elementary School told us about Audrey Bonnette: "Ms. Bonnette, who is our Teacher of the Year, is the biggest motivator of scholars on our campus. She ensures each child is aware of the individual MAP goals, gives them a pep talk and celebrates the scholars’ growth. Ms. Bonnette had the highest growth in her classroom with 90% of her scholars meeting their goals.

  • An educator at Varennes Elementary in Anderson District nominated CourtneyDickerson--whom you might recognize as the MAP Testing Fairy. They wrote: "I had the privilege of having the opportunity to witness the MAP testing fairy in person. Specifically, I was able to witness a special day in her classroom she called 'signing day.'

    On this day each student dressed in their best clothes and anxiously awaited their turn at the signing table. Ms. Dickerson made a special table where each student would sit next to her and discuss their scores and their goals. Then, each student signed their 'letter of intent.' As they signed their letters of intent, I acted as the 'press' and took each student’s photo at the table with Ms. Dickerson. After signing day was over, Ms. Dickerson printed the photos for them to take home, and wrote them each a special personalized note of encouragement. Ms. Dickerson found yet another way to meet the needs of her students and get them excited for testing!


See you next week with even more teachers!

Update: You can check out all of the contest winners on Teach.Learn.Grow and other entrants here.



This week, we’re going to continue featuring entrants to our recent contest for teachers who inspire their kids to grow. So many teachers are coming up with new ways to keep their students engaged with MAP Growth, we want to honor all of them. Here are this week’s teachers!


  • Kim Kellum, a Secondary Teacher at Bethany Christian School, share this with us: “We are using our profits from the snack program to buy movie passes for Junior High students who score at least two points above the winter test score in all subjects. For High School, we told them if they score where they should be for their grade level in each subject, they would also get a movie pass!”  

  • Amy Stark from Warner Christian Academy wrote: “I try to keep my students motivated with their MAP success by having them fill out a Goal Score Sheet after each test.  By doing this, it gives the students a visual of where they are and helps to motivate them to where they want to be on the next test. I teach them how to compare their score to the Goal Score and that they want to see an increase in points by about 3-4 on each of the test’s overall scores for Fall, Winter, and Spring.

  • Mary Karbowski from the Diocese of St. Petersburg – Holy Family Catholic School told us, “I inspire my students to connect with MAP Growth testing by putting up our Data Tree in the hallway and encouraging the children to try and get higher up in the tree. As we added Winter and Spring data, we changed our leaves to nests and put different colored owls in the nests to represent the different data from winter and spring. Many of the children were so excited and wanted to see more owls higher up in the tree for each of the tests. Growth was phenomenal!


See you next week with more inspiring teachers!

Update: You can check out all of the contest winners on Teach.Learn.Grow and other entrants here.




Recently, we held a contest asking educators to nominate teachers who find creative and innovative ways to engage their kids in their own academic growth. The outpouring of submissions was incredible, and we heard from schools all over with stories of how teachers are going above and beyond to get their kids excited about setting and meeting growth goals. You can read about the winners here--and we're also featuring the runners-up on a weekly basis, because every submission we got reflects the passion teachers are putting forth (and ideas this big should be shared).


This week, we're honoring several teachers at Benton Harbor Charter School Academy in Benton Harbor, Michigan. We received several entries from literacy coach Shaya Helbig, who told us about the amazing work her colleagues are doing: 


  • Nicole Dudley motivates her students to reach their MAP Growth goals by holding a celebration day, with a pizza party and festivities for students who meet or exceed their goals. The students with the top three scores and the top three best growth also get candy bars!
  • P.E. teacher Ashley Buyce motivates her students to connect with MAP Growth by giving students who attained or exceeded their goals a star on their chart toward earning prizes. She’s also organizing an Arcade Day in gym for all classes that have 75% or more of their students meet their goals!
  • Third-grade teacher Zoe Michael has goal sheets posted on students desks. Every day, they discuss what their goals are, and what they can do to reach them. On testing day, she brings in a hot breakfast for them to help them get prepared. After testing, she has a pizza party for students who attained or exceeded their goals. She also has candy bars for students who made gains, but didn't quite attain their goals.
  • Second-grade teacher Katherine Schaub has an ice cream party for her students who attained or exceeded their goals. She’s also decorating her hallway bulletin board with balloons with her students’ specific goals on them!
  • First-grade teacher Tanzania Lawrence motivates her students to reach their growth goals with a party! She provides hot dogs, chips, and juice for her students who met or exceeded their goals.
  • Fourth-grade teacher Sheetal Bhat keeps her students motivated to meet their growth goals with a pizza and ice cream party for students who attained or exceeded their goals.
  • Sixth-grade teacher Wendy Badeau motivates her students to reach their MAP Growth goals with an ice cream party for her students who attained or exceeded their goals.
  • Second-grade teacher Heidi Rupley holds a tie-dye and popsicle party for her students who attained or exceeded their goals!
  • Sixth-grade teacher Erin Stanfill makes a hot breakfast for all of her students who make or exceed their goals!


Check back next week for more!

Update: You can check out all of the contest winners on Teach.Learn.Grow and other entrants here.


Hello again! Thank you to everyone who submitted entries in our Teacher Appreciation contest! We received so many incredible nominations—it’s a powerful thing to see so many teachers finding innovative new ways to get their kids excited about growth. In fact, we got so many great nominations that we want to share them with the whole community.


Each week, we’ll be posting a few entrants so we can celebrate how these educators are getting creative about keeping their students engaged. So without further ado, let’s get started!


Missi Claycomb, a high school teacher at Bridge Builder Academy in Richardson, Texas, took an approach that speaks to the internet generation: cats. Here’s how her colleague Jessica Bialowas explained it to us.


Like many schools, we give our students pencils with positive sayings on them during MAP Growth testing. Our high school students aren't impressed with this as a motivator, so Missi came up with a way to entice them. She attached spoons with a picture of a cat, tiny marshmallows, and a tiny target—giving the high school kids “cat-apults”! They make the students smile and relax before heading into testing. I really like this creative idea!




Kim Kellum, a secondary teacher at Bethany Christian School, found an incentive her students are really into: movie tickets.


We are using our profits from the snack program to buy movie passes for junior high students who score at least two points above the winter test score in all subjects. For high school, we told them if they met their grade-level targets in each subject, they would also get a movie pass.


Check back next week for more! 

Hello everyone! 


Here's a quick update on our contest to celebrate teachers who go the extra mile to get their kids excited about academic growth.


Submissions Are Coming In! Keep 'Em Coming!

We continue to receive nominations from all over, and it's amazing to see and hear about the teachers who are committed to helping their students grow. Every entry has been unique and shown innovative ways to get kids to take an active role in working toward their growth goals. It may be a cliché at this point to tell a teacher that the work they do is inspiring, but with the submissions we've gotten, there really is no better way to put it.  


With that said: the month isn't over yet! We're still accepting submissions through the end of April 2019. If a teacher you know works with their students to get them connected with their own academic growth, submit them through the link above. We want to hear your stories—and don't forget that we're choosing three winners! 


A Few Excerpts

We don't want to spoil the surprises for the winners, but here are a few of the things that you've said with your submissions: 


  • "We titled this celebration 'Meeting Our Goals is so Sweet.' The students could earn special toppings on their ice cream based on their achievement on their spring MAP growth test. [They] were so motivated by this and had such amazing growth this year."
  • "Each student has a Data Binder where they graph percentiles from the first time they took the test to the most current. Percentiles are posted at each testing and screening session—[anonymously] on our class data wall."
  • "This spring, the challenge is to raise their scores for a carry-in, fun food day for each class. Students’ scores continue to rise and meet the challenges…especially when food is involved."


More Soon!

If you haven't completed a nomination yet, now's the time! Winners will be announced during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Recently, we wrote about the MAP Testing Fairy, and how fourth-grade teacher Courtney Dickerson created a program that got her kids so excited about their own academic growth that they started a letter-writing campaign. Other teachers are coming up with their own unique ways to get kids connected with their own growth, too  from special decorations to popcorn parties, powerful things are happening!


So we’re asking: How do you or your colleagues get your students excited about academic growth?


We want to hear your stories: whether it's a pep talk you give your students prior to taking a MAP Growth test, a game a colleague has created to help students manage their progress toward goals, or even your own version of the MAP Testing Fairy, it's all fair game!


Throughout the month of April, we’re accepting teacher nominations then at the start of May, we’ll announce three lucky winners to kick off Teacher Appreciation Week! (We appreciate teachers all year, but we're excited for Teacher Appreciation Week nonetheless.) Three winning teachers will receive $250 each, and we’ll be featuring submitted entries here in the community blog throughout April.


To tell us about your efforts, or to nominate a colleague, send an email to or add a comment below, and be sure to include:


  • The name of your district and school
  • The name of the teacher you’re nominating (Remember: it’s OK to nominate yourself!)
  • A brief description of how they inspire their students to connect with MAP Growth testing, as well as examples of how and why they were so successful. Feel free to include pictures, too!
  • How you prefer to be contacted


For full contest details, you can read the fine print here. 


We're excited to hear from even more teachers about the difference it makes when kids get excited about growth. Check back here in the NWEA community blog for updates throughout the month of April!

Recently on Twitter, we learned about fourth-grade teacher Courtney Dickerson’s unique approach to getting kids excited about growth testing: the MAP Testing Fairy. With encouragement, the right incentives, and a little bit of magic, the MAP Testing Fairy transformed the assessment experience for her students—who went from dreading testing day to writing letters to the MAP Testing Fairy about their own goals.


The MAP Testing Fairy was so inspiring, we reached out to Ms. Dickerson to hear more. Here’s what she had to say.


How did “the MAP Testing Fairy” come about? What inspired you? 

Initially, I tried to use school-wide incentives, which worked, to a degree. But I could see that my students dreaded MAP Growth testing, and they seemed very down whenever we had to do it.


I wanted to do something more to show them that they should care about MAP Growth testing, and I wanted them to be excited to demonstrate all of their knowledge. My students needed help seeing their own growth!


How did the program get started, and how did the kids respond to the MAP Testing Fairy at first?

At the end of our first round of MAP testing in the Fall, I threw confetti everywhere, and hung up a golden curtain over the door that students would walk through. I then wrote a quick note on the whiteboard signed as “The MAP Testing Fairy.” The idea was to create a mascot for celebrating growth, and make it a special occasion.


I had no idea my students would attach themselves to this mythical creature! They were overwhelmed with excitement and pride when they walked in and saw that the MAP Testing Fairy had visited our room.


From then on, I knew that I had to make the MAP Testing Fairy a big part of testing. However, my students were incredibly observant, and they started analyzing the handwriting on the board, and they eventually asked for handwriting samples to compare with the MAP Testing Fairy. Talk about engagement! This led me to ask several different teachers to write on the board for me—so the handwriting was constantly changing.


For subsequent MAP Growth assessments, I would mention the MAP Testing Fairy, and remind students that she only comes to our room if we all work hard to show growth. That got them motivated! They began looking forward to MAP testing. They started asking things like, “How much longer ‘til our next round of testing?”, or showing me their regular schoolwork and saying, “This is going to help me on my MAP test.”


What impact did the MAP Testing Fairy have on your classroom's culture?

My favorite example of how the MAP Testing Fairy has changed my students’ mindset is the day they made it all interactive. The MAP Testing Fairy had left a note for the class on the board, and my students immediately declared that they wanted to say something to her themselves, so we wrote a note to her as a class. Then they said we should each write her individual notes! One of the notes said on it, “Dear MAP Testing Fairy, I was close to meeting my goal, only two points away! But I am very proud of myself.”


This was when I knew that the culture of MAP Growth testing in my classroom had officially changed. A portion of my students did make their goals, but the other portion didn’t—but they weren’t sad. They were optimistic for the next round. They didn’t view this round of MAP Growth testing as a failure; instead, they took it as a sign that they had grown in their knowledge, and they were proud of themselves for that.


And then they began holding one another accountable, reminding each other that it’s okay to make mistakes in learning, but it’s not okay to give up in learning. Suddenly, we became a team, all working towards growing our knowledge to prove that we are capable and that we can reach our goals—together.


How have other teachers helped with the MAP Testing Fairy? Has the MAP Testing Fairy had an impact on how other teachers approach MAP Growth or student growth in general?


When I started recruiting other teachers to write on the board and disguise the MAP Testing Fairy’s identity, it gave me the chance to share what I was doing. I started talking with other teachers about the impact the MAP Testing Fairy was having, and I think it got my colleagues thinking about their own creative strategies for getting their kids engaged. Other teachers on my 4th grade team have started to introduce the MAP Testing Fairy in their classrooms as well, so I’m really excited to know the idea is spreading.


What advice would you give to other teachers looking to get their students excited about growth?

I would highly encourage teachers to think back to when we had to take big assessments as children. It was hard, sitting quietly for an extensive amount of time, answering all sorts of questions. As a child, I never understood why I had to take such a lengthy test or how important it was. I didn’t understand, so I wouldn’t take my time on the test... I just wanted it over.


That’s what I saw in my students. They didn’t understand why they had to take MAP Growth; they wanted it to be over just like I did when I was their age. My goal in all of this was to make MAP Growth testing meaningful to them in a way that they had never experienced before. I set out to change their minds from wanting it over to wanting to grow.


So, I encourage and challenge my fellow teachers to remember that it’s hard for students to understand why growth assessments are so important, and to find fun ways that speak to them to get them invested in their own progress. The MAP Testing Fairy gives students a chance to celebrate, and for my class, that’s what they needed in order to get invested in their own growth. You know your students best, so find ways to get them motivated that speak to their sense of fun and wonder. It can make all the difference.


Courtney Dickerson can be found on Twitter.

One of my favorite parts of MAP Growth is getting to see how involved some kids get when tracking their own achievements. Whether it's leadership students celebrating growth between terms, individual teachers and students celebrating, or even popcorn parties celebrating student growth, it's amazing to see so many teachers supporting student growth in their schools. 


How do you celebrate growth in your classroom? Share with us some of the ways you keep your kids engaged in their own growth, and how you celebrate their successes together. There are no wrong answers -- sometimes it's the small things that make big differences to kids! 


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.