# What are the advantages to MAP Growth testing more than once a year?

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What are the advantages to MAP Growth testing more than once a year?

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Administering MAP Growth tests at least twice a year provides an additional data point for each student, resulting in a more complete and stable picture of student performance.

For example, assume that a student is tested in mathematics every spring and produces this pattern of results:
 Spring Grade 3 RIT 203, 50th percentile Grade 4 RIT 215, 53rd percentile Grade 5 RIT 214, 32nd percentile

In this case, the data would suggest that the student failed to grow in their 5th grade year, implying that the student took a step backward academically, or that the teacher was not effective. However, let's say the student is tested twice a year, in fall and spring, and they produce this pattern of results:
 Fall Spring Grade 3 RIT 187, 40th percentile RIT 203, 50th percentile Grade 4 RIT 205, 59th percentile RIT 215, 53rd percentile Grade 5 RIT 214, 57th percentile RIT 214, 32nd percentile Grade 6 RIT 224, 67th percentile

The additional data points make it clear that the student had an off day during spring testing in grade 5. The pattern of additional tests helps everyone involved in this student's learning get a much clearer and more stable view of the student's growth over time. Seven data points are much more useful than three in this case. They give you much greater confidence in the student's actual progress in school. The use of fall and spring testing also gives your organization more ways to measure growth, such as fall to spring, fall to fall, and spring to spring, which is far more robust than one.

Testing multiple times in the year also assures that teachers review and use student data more often. For example, if you administer spring testing late March, students may have as many as 10 weeks of instruction and a summer interim between spring testing and the fall testing season.

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