Jaime Vazquez

Final set of entries from our inspiring teacher contest!

Blog Post created by Jaime Vazquez on Jun 18, 2019

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!