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Grade-level expansion helps you support more students

Blog Post created by Product Update on Jul 17, 2019

Get a more complete picture of your youngest developing readers with a new Foundational Skills test form for pre-K students


Look for the new beginner’s version of the Foundational Skills test form, appropriate for pre-kindergarten students, or kindergarteners with no prior literacy instruction. This new test form will start assessing foundational skills at the beginning of each skill progression, whereas the current Foundational Skills test form starts in the middle of each skill progression. Both test forms are adaptive and identify the student’s Zone of Proximal Development.


To provide more complete coverage for emergent readers, a Print Concepts measure has been added to the Foundational Skills tests. A new “No Expectation” performance level has also been added and will appear in reports for some pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade students. This level, denoted as “NE”, will be used where there is no applicable grade level expectation. For example, if a beginning kindergartener makes it up to the Word Reading subtest, then gets 2 of 10 correct, NE will be reported, rather than “meeting” or “approaching” expectation.


Expanded rostering helps you support at-risk readers in grades 4+


Do you want to better support at-risk readers in fourth grade and above? Rostering is expanding to allow students above grade 3 to test with MAP Reading Fluency.


Students in fourth grade and above can utilize the Adaptive Oral Reading and Oral Reading - Passage Only benchmark tests as well as the new single-passage Progress Monitoring test format, which tracks student progress toward fluent reading on a more frequent basis.


While students up to grade 8 can be rostered to use MAP Reading Fluency, note that the reporting boundary ceiling is at the fifth-grade level for English and at the third-grade level for Spanish. This means reporting against grade level expectations will not extend beyond these ceiling levels.