Crystal Miller

Meet the Family Report

Blog Post created by Crystal Miller on Oct 25, 2019

We know how important conferences with families are—so we set out to make sharing MAP Growth data with them easier. And we couldn’t have done it without your help.


When we sat down with teachers like you to learn more about their conference challenges, they spoke loud and clear: They needed a report that made it easier to share MAP Growth data. They wanted to share more information about what it is, and why they use it, but quickly, because they have a lot to cover at conferences and not a lot of time.


I’m excited to share that you can now access an all-new report for conferences: the Family Report (also available in Spanish). It’s included with the rest of your MAP Growth reports and designed to both share student-specific data with families and put it in context for them.


To help you get started with the report, here’s a quick list of common questions from families that you can begin to answer with the Family Report.


What is MAP Growth? Why are you assessing our child with this tool?

Whether you’re meeting with families who have been tracking MAP scores for years, or families who are new to MAP assessments, it’s important to have easy, quick-reference information handy. Every Family Report starts with the basics: what MAP Growth is, what the report reflects, and how the student was measured.


Where is our child growing the most? How do our child’s scores compare to other students’?

The Family Report focuses on a few easy-to-understand graphs and diagrams so it’s easy to spot growth trends. It shows each student’s growth trajectory, plotted alongside the national grade-level average for reference. Parents get easy access to a snapshot of their student’s growth data alongside a few key summary statements.


What can the data tell us about our child’s academic future?

Depending on your state, as well as which assessment the student took, the Family Report can provide performance projections. For example, it can predict how the student is likely to perform on the ACT or SAT in the same subject and, in some states, it will project how the student is likely to do on the state test. This data creates the opportunity for course correction, so you can share with families that you’ll be using it to provide targeted instruction, which could help their child exceed projections.


How are you using the data?

The Family Report is a great jumping off point for talking to parents about how you use MAP Growth data in your

classroom. Share how you use instructional grouping to support their child’s specific learning needs, or consider discussing how you’ll use the Learning Continuum or the student’s Lexile data to determine what they’re ready to learn next.


If you have a high performer, use the Family Report as an opportunity to celebrate their success and learn more about how to continue to keep them engaged. If you’re working with a student who faces academic challenges, discuss how you’re taking action on the issues identified by the data. For every student, take the opportunity to celebrate both achievement and growth!


How can we use the data at home?

All students can grow, no matter where they are at academically. Discuss how you’ll give family members regular updates on their child’s data. Help them see how they can use Lexile data, if available, to support their child’s reading goals. And if they want to learn more, point them to our Family Toolkit.


We appreciate all the teachers who gave us critical feedback as we developed the MAP Growth Family Report and everyone who continues to share their feedback and stories. Once you’ve had a chance to try out the Family Report, let us know how it went in the comments below!