When to transition students from MAP Growth K-2 to 2-5 reading or math

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Introduction
Should a second grade student or a high performing first grade student take the MAP Growth K-2 test or the 2-5 test?

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For more detailed information on when to transition students from MAP Growth K-2 to MAP 2-5 tests, please see our MAP Growth K-2 to MAP Growth 2-5 Transition Guidance Document. The following summarizes the information in that document.

As a general rule, students should be tested according to the content they are being taught in the classroom. Even though K-2 and 2-5 tests are on the same scale, the content assessed is different. If students are receiving instruction on second grade content, they should be administered 2-5 assessments. NWEA recommends considering the following when deciding whether to transition a student from K-2 to 2-5:
  • Can the student read independently? K-2 includes audio support, while 2-5 does not.
  • Has the student been exposed to 2nd grade content?
  • Is the student scoring above 190 in reading, or 200 in math?

Note that K-2 assessments do have a RIT ceiling, which can be seen in the graphs in the MAP Growth K-2 to MAP Growth 2-5 Transition Guidance Document. Depending on the level of content they have been exposed to in the classroom, second graders and high-performing first graders may be better served by taking 2-5 tests. NWEA recommends the following:
  • Kindergarten: We recommend that all Kindergarten students take K-2 reading and math.
  • Grade 1: Students who have scored 190 or greater in K-2 reading and can read independently can take 2-5. All 1st grade students should take math K-2, as they are unlikely to have been exposed to the content in the 2-5 math test.
  • Grade 2: Students who have scored 190 or greater in K-2 reading and can read independently should take 2-5. Students who have scored 200 or greater in K-2 math should take 2-5.
  • Grade 3: All students should take reading 2-5 unless the student has an IEP directing them to take K-2 reading. All students should take math 2-5. Students with difficulty reading can be offered accommodations.

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