What is the difference between the Accessible MAP and standard MAP tests?

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What is the difference between the Accessible MAP Growth and standard MAP Growth tests?

The Accessible MAP Growth tests have been designed with visually impaired students in mind. While accessible MAP Growth and standard MAP Growth tests have the same adaptive functionality and give scores on the same RIT scale, so the scores are comparable, they have some important differences.

What is different when a student takes the Accessible MAP Growth test?

Some test item types excluded:
The test item selection is the same as our other MAP Growth tests, but we’ve removed items that may be visually biased or that require drag-and-drop.

All images have alt tags:
The items in these tests have also been reviewed to ensure all pictures have alt tags. An alt tag is a visually hidden alternative text descriptions for an image. Students using screen readers will be able to hear these alt tags. While many of the images in standard MAP Growth have alternative text descriptions, some do not. To ensure students using screen readers hear these descriptions on all items, they should be assigned the Accessible MAP test.

Read more about alternative text descriptions for images on our Teach. Learn. Grow. blog here: NWEA Promotes Accessibility in Assessment with Release of Image Description Guidelines.

Tests appear separately on some reports:
Accessible MAP Growth tests will appear on all the reports standard MAP Growth tests appear, including those to measure growth. Reports that disaggregate results by test name will display Accessible tests separately since the test name is different. For example, if 20 students in a class take the standard MAP Growth test and 2 students take Accessible MAP Growth tests, results for both tests appear on the Class report, but on separate pages. The same would be true if you had some students take MAP Growth K-2 and others take MAP Growth 2-5 in the same class.

Standards alignment may differ:
Currently, Accessible tests are aligned to Common Core. If your organization typically uses tests aligned to different standards, you will see differences in reports that give information on instructional areas (also known as goal areas). For example, the Common Core aligned math test includes an instructional area for Geometry alone, while the Texas state standards have Geometry and Measurement.

If a student switches from standard MAP Growth to Accessible MAP Growth mid-year (or vice-versa), the Student Goal Setting Worksheet report will be negatively affected, as this report compares scores in instructional areas between terms.
What is not different when a student takes the Accessible MAP Growth test?
  • RIT scores: The RIT scale is the same for the standard and Accessible MAP Growth tests in the same subject, so the RIT scores on these two tests are comparable.
  • Norms: Both tests use the same norms, so they will both generate comparable percentiles and growth projections.
  • Adaptive functionality: The basic functionality of both tests is the same.

Fundamentally, the two tests work the same way, and provide the same data.

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