Gathering accurate and reliable data about your students is more important than ever. NWEA is prepared to support you in using MAP Growth and MAP Reading Fluency to better understand what your students are ready to learn. We have curated a collection of resources intended to support your remote use planning. Those resources represent best practices and recommendations from districts that have had successful test administrations. Following these best practices and recommendations will help your district have success as well as prevent you from experiencing predictable and preventable issues. The MAP Growth and MAP Reading Fluency District and School Recommendations documents are good starting points from which to build your remote testing plans.
NWEA senior research fellows Drs. John Cronin and Steven Wise, along with product manager Adam Wolfgang, answer educators’ pressing questions about remote testing, from the student and proctor experience and best practices from virtual schools to ways to ensure data validity. Watch this 30-minute session to learn from our experts and feel confident building your own remote testing plan.
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For the most part, testing remotely is similar to testing onsite at schools. The critical difference between the two is how communications happen between proctors and students, due to the fact that remote testing requires a parent/caregiver to be involved.
We recommend that you test in a browser (at test.mapnwea.org) rather than in the app: NWEA Secure Testing Browser app. This is because the app will not allow the student to have a communication tool open during the test to communicate with the proctor.
We recommend schools test on or after August 1st, 2020 to leverage the latest software release updates. MAP Growth updates include the new 2020 norms and the K-2 scale maintenance benefits, and a long list of other additions/improvements. MAP Reading Fluency updates include new published content and performance expectations that will be set for the fall term. Learn more about all of the additions and improvements on our MAP Suite Product Updates page.
It's important to remember that most parents/caregivers are new to the remote testing experience. It will be helpful for them to understand the value of MAP Growth and MAP Reading Fluency as well as what the testing experience will be like. You can direct them to explore the Family Toolkit, or you can fill out and share the Remote Testing Family Guidance Letter: K–2, K–2 using iPads, and 2+. Spanish versions are coming soon!
Another important thing to consider is that parents/caregivers may need to help students prepare a device for testing. We have created a Device Readiness & Student Practice Exercise that you can use to guide students and parents through setting up a device.
We recommend running the Device Readiness Check. In addition, make sure that pop up blockers are disabled (directions by device). See the System Requirements document to view the list of supported device specifications.