Jennifer Anderson

¡Bienvenidos a MAP en español!

Blog Post created by Jennifer Anderson on Oct 28, 2019

We know that nearly 80% of English learners in the US speak Spanish—and as a teacher, if you have Spanish-speaking students in your classroom, you’ve probably asked yourself, How can I see the difference between what my students know in Spanish and what they can demonstrate in English?


That’s the question we started with when we built MAP Spanish: a new set of Spanish assessments for MAP Growth and MAP Reading Fluency that cover Reading and Math and are available now completely free of charge. 

We designed MAP Spanish to help you support your Spanish-speaking population, no matter what your program goals are—with the same reliable data that you’ve come to expect from MAP Growth.


Let’s talk about how you can put it to use in your classroom. For this post, we’ll focus on examples with MAP Growth Spanish Reading.


In transitional bilingual programs

If you’re teaching in a dual-language program, MAP Growth Spanish Reading is your opportunity to test your Spanish-speaking kids in their native language, and see their results on the same reports and in the same context as your English-speaking students. No more separate testing for your Spanish-speakers, and no comparison of data from multiple applications.


How you can use it in the classroom: Before you give your students their next MAP Growth Reading test, consider which kids might be better served by taking the assessment in Spanish. Once your class has completed testing, start with the Class Report to see your class’s distribution. See if you notice any trends in the data—how did your Spanish-speaking students do when compared to prior assessments? Do the data suggest that they know things they haven’t been able to express in English?


If you’re working toward English proficiency and literacy in a bilingual classroom, it’s crucial to know how students are performing both in English and in Spanish. That’s why it’s handy to have MAP tests in both languages available; you can start in Spanish, and then transition the student to eventually taking the test in English. You’ll still be able to track their growth as you would with MAP Growth or MAP Reading Fluency.


How you can use it in the classroom: As you’re preparing to give your next set of MAP tests, think about which students would benefit from taking them in Spanish. Once they’ve completed their first assessment in Spanish, review the Class Report and your Student Reports to consider which students may be ready to start taking the test in English; for students who aren’t ready, you can continue to provide the test in Spanish to accurately determine what they know.


In bilingual-biliteracy programs

If you teach in a dual-language program that focuses on both bilingualism and biliteracy (often referred to as two-way immersion), it’s important to have information about how your kids are reading in both languages. Whether you’re looking to gauge the success of your efforts so far, or you want to see precisely where you can target instruction, you can use MAP Spanish to track growth in English or in Spanish.


How you can use it in the classroom: After you’ve given an assessment in both English and Spanish, review reports like the Class Report to see how your English speakers are performing compared to your Spanish speakers. Are they trending together? Where do you see indications that students are growing together in both languages? Where do you see indications that you may have literacy needs in one particular language?


Addressing equity through assessment

MAP Spanish is designed to support the work you do, and to equip you with critical, reliable information about how to support your Spanish-speaking students. It’s also designed to help create more equity in the classroom—so your English language learners can fully participate in the growth tracking process, and you can include all of your students in your plans, without having to manage exceptions.


MAP Spanish can also be a game-changer when it comes to the testing experience for Spanish-speaking students. By having kids take the MAP assessments in their native language, with their English-speaking peers, the test isn’t just accommodating them—it’s meeting them where they are.


We’re excited to see how you put MAP Spanish to work in your classroom. Get started by making MAP Spanish part of your assessment program. Learn more about which tests are available in Spanish here.