Candi Fowler

Make winter testing effective with these four key reports!

Blog Post created by Candi Fowler on Dec 13, 2019

If you’re like me, you might be wondering, “Where did fall go?!?”. Schools are always busy handling new challenges, and before you know it, three months of the school year are gone! And while you know great teaching and great learning have been happening within your classrooms—academically, socially, and behaviorally—can you prove it?


MAP Growth winter testing provides you with an opportunity to peek into the learning process and check on how much growth is evident. The assessment results from Fall to Winter can help schools answer questions like:

  • How effective are the programs and practices we use with our students?
  • What’s not working?
  • Do my academic groupings need to change?


Schools that just choose to have a Fall and Spring MAP test session can often be disappointed when they don’t see enough growth; and by springtime, it’s typically too late change anything before the school year is over. A winter test session allows districts to make educational changes to pacing, content, and pedagogy, AND it gives schools enough time for these changes to be evident by the end of the school year. 


Here are the four reports I start with after winter testing to help influence my approach for the rest of the school year.


The Student Growth Summary Report 

In the Student Growth Summary, your school’s mean RIT is compared to other schools that have the same exact mean across the US through our Norm Study.  You can see if your students kept up with their peers!  In this example, Grade 7 started out in the 76th percentile, and grew to the 79th percentile!  Other 76th percentile schools grew 3.6 points and this school grew 4.4 points. What’s your growth story?



The Achievement Status and Growth Quadrant Report


In the Achievement Status and Growth Report,  you can see your students on a grid that compares both achievement and growth. The horizontal line answers the question, “Did our students make their growth projection?”. Data above the line means “Yes”! The vertical line answers the question, “Are our students above or below the 50%th percentile for achievement?” Now, looking at the data in context, you can start to reflect on steps you can take to influence the growth in all quadrants.


The Achievement Status and Growth Summary Report: Fall to Winter


In this report, you can quickly see the percentage of students in a class that achieved their growth projection. The average growth for schools is about 50–55%. How do you compare to the average? What can you do to improve your percentage of students meeting growth projections?







The Achievement Status and Growth Projection Report: Winter to Spring


In the Achievement Status and Growth Projection Report: Winter to Spring report, you can see growth projections for your students based on your remaining weeks of instruction. Each growth projection indicates the average growth for other similar students.

Remember that growth projections are maintenance projections, which means that if a child achieves the projection, the achievement percentile will stay very close to the same one they start with. For example, if Dayton achieves his 5 points growth, his achievement level will remain (or be really close) to the 37th percentile. If you want to close the gap, you’ll need to set higher goals for him!


No matter how long you’ve been a MAP partner, make time to build your knowledge by using the tools or connecting with other MAP partner schools here in the community! Here’s to the continuance of an amazing school year filled with growth and success for all your learners.


Candi Fowler is a school principal in NH and has been a MAP partner since 2005. She also works virtually with NWEA as a professional learning consultant helping partner schools on their MAP learning journey.