Nebraska Transition Guidance

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MAP Growth Administration Guidance: Nebraska

Purpose Driven Assessment Choices

MAP Growth offers assessments for different grade levels in Reading, Math, Language Usage, and Science. Each assessment dynamically adjusts to each student’s performance, and provides information about what a student is ready to learn. The purpose and intended uses of the results of MAP Growth assessments, along with the instructional focus and planning for each partner, are at the heart of determining which of the assessments are best suited for students in your class, school, district or state.

 

Educators may administer MAP Growth as a universal screener, to guide instruction, to monitor growth, and to compare an individual or group of students’ performances within a district or normed groups. There may be times when comparisons are desirable across students and classes, schools or even districts, including for some high-stakes purposes, where it may be important to have data from the same administrations of the MAP Growth assessments.

 

Whether all students in one grade are taking the same assessment for comparability purposes or some students in that grade are assigned a different assessment, it’s important to take the following factors into account:

  • Students with IEPs, 504s, or who have other needs may have circumstances that supersede these suggestions.
  • Students should not switch tests within subject mid-year. They should complete the school year with the assessment they initially were administered in the Fall, even if they have taken a different test than suggested below.
  • MAP Growth K–2 assessments cover content in grades K–2 and provide audio support so that students can demonstrate their knowledge without having to decode text. MAP Growth 2–5 Reading and Mathematics assessments test students who can read connected text and therefore does not include audio support. Educators should consider whether students can read with enough fluency to receive an accurate and valid score on MAP Growth 2–5 tests.
  • Content coverage in any given assessment should be considered before making an assessment choice.

Recommendations for Nebraska

Nebraska is administering MAP Growth across the state and will use the results to compare students across the state. Because of this use of MAP results, students in each grade level (or each comparative group) in Nebraska should take the same MAP Growth assessment.

 

Student Grade Level

MAP Growth Assessment

K

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9+

Reading

K2

K2

25

25

25

25

6+

6+

6+

6+

Language

n/a

n/a

212

212

212

212

212

212

212

212

Math

K2

K2

25

25

25

25

6+

6+

6+

6+

Science

na

na

na

35

35

35

68

68

68

na

 

It should be noted that this recommendation may result in grade 2 students or non-fluent readers in higher grades taking an assessment that does not support emergent readers. Options for addressing this include:

  • Accommodations for emergent readers, including test monitors that read aloud questions (but not answers)
  • Grouping emergent readers into MTSS groups and assigning the MAP Growth K–2 to this learning group – note that impacts on comparability need to be defined and evaluated before making this choice
  • Providing teachers with extra instructional support

Making an Assessment Choice

The Nebraska Department of Education may determine that they do not need comparability and other benefits provided by administering the same assessment to all students in one grade level. In that case, educators will need guidance on choosing the appropriate assessment for students. In addition to the considerations listed earlier in this document, educators should also consider student reading fluency, student content exposure, assessment content coverage, and age appropriateness to determine which assessments align with your instructional focus and purpose.

To assist in evaluating content coverage, the tables below provide information on the instructional areas covered by the MAP Growth assessments and how content coverage aligns across assessments.

 

MAP Growth Reading and Language Usage: Instructional Areas for Nebraska

The table below illustrates the instructional areas and subareas addressed by each Nebraska test. While Reading 2–5 and 6+ share the same instructional areas and subareas, the selection of content in each assessment is based on age appropriateness (i.e., Shakespeare only in 6+).

 

MAP Growth Reading K2

MAP Growth Reading 35 & 6+

MAP Growth Language Usage 2+

Instructional Area: Subarea

Instructional Area: Subarea

Instructional Area: Subarea

Concepts of Print, Phonological Awareness, Word Analysis: Concepts of Print

Concepts of Print, Phonological Awareness, Word Analysis: Phonological Awareness

Concepts of Print, Phonological Awareness, Word Analysis: Word Analysis

Writing: Conventions

Use Conventions Appropriate to Grade Level: Use Correct Spelling

 

Use Conventions Appropriate to Grade Level: Use Correct Grammar

 

Use Conventions Appropriate to Grade Level: Use Correct Capitalization and Punctuation

Writing: Writing Process

Apply the Writing Process: Use Strategies to Organize and Generate Drafts

 

Apply the Writing Process: Edit, Revise Writing for Format and Conventions

 

Compose Sentences; Develop Coherent Paragraphs: Compose Sentences of Varying Complexity

 

Compose Sentences; Develop Coherent Paragraphs: Compose Paragraphs of Varying Complexity

 

Write in Multiple Modes Across Disciplines: Write to Inform and Instruct; Conduct Research

 

 

Write in Multiple Modes Across Disciplines: Write to Entertain; Use Figurative Language

 

 

Write in Multiple Modes Across Disciplines: Write to Persuade

Vocabulary: Vocabulary

Build and Use Vocabulary: Use Prefixes, Suffixes, Roots

 

Build and Use Vocabulary: Use Vocabulary and Context Clues

 

Build and Use Vocabulary: Use Multiple Meaning Words, Synonyms, Antonyms

Comprehension: Literary Text

Use Main Idea, Supporting Details: Use Main Idea, Details in Literary Text

Comprehension: Informational Text

Use Main Idea, Supporting Details: Use Main Idea, Details in Informational Text

 

Infer, Draw Conclusions, Predict: Make Inferences, Draw Conclusions

 

Infer, Draw Conclusions, Predict: Make and Confirm Predictions

 

Identify Characteristics and Features of Text: Identify Features of Literary Text

 

Identify Characteristics and Features of Text: Identify Features of Informational Text

 

Identify Bias, Purpose, Text Elements, Devices: Identify Author Bias, Purpose, and Perspective

 

Identify Bias, Purpose, Text Elements, Devices: Identify and Analyze Text Elements, Patterns

 

 

Identify Bias, Purpose, Text Elements, Devices: Analyze Use of Stylistic and Literary Devices

 

 

MAP Growth Mathematics: Instructional Areas for Nebraska

MAP Growth Math K–2

MAP Growth Math 25

MAP Growth Math 6+

Instructional Area: Subarea

Instructional Area: Subarea

Instructional Area: Subarea

Number: Numeric Relationships

Number: Numeric Relationships

Number: Numeric Relationships

Number: Operations

Number: Operations

Number: Operations

Algebra: Algebraic Relationships and Processes

Algebra: Algebraic Relationships

Algebra: Algebraic Relationships

Algebra: Applications

Algebra: Algebraic Process

Algebra: Algebraic Process

Algebra: Applications

Algebra: Applications

Geometry: Geometry

Geometry: Characteristics and Coordinate Geometry

Geometry: Characteristics

Geometry: Coordinate Geometry

Geometry: Measurement

Geometry: Measurement

Geometry: Measurement

Data: Representations, Analysis and Applications

Data: Representations, Analysis and Applications

Data: Representations, Analysis and Applications

Data: Probability

 

MAP Growth Science: Instructional Areas for Nebraska

MAP Science 35

MAP Science 6–8

Instructional Area

Subarea

Instructional Area

Subarea

Physical Science

a. Matter

Physical Science

a. Matter

b. Force and Motion

 

b. Force and Motion

c. Energy

 

c. Energy

Life Science

a. Structure and Function of Living Systems

Life Science

a. Structure and Function of Living Systems

b. Heredity and Biodiversity

 

b. Heredity and Biodiversity

c. Flow of Matter and Energy in Ecosystems

 

c. Flow of Matter and Energy in Ecosystems

Earth and Space Sciences

a. Earth in Space

Earth and Space Sciences

a. Earth in Space

b. Earth Structures and Processes; Earth's History

 

b. Earth Structures and Processes; Earth's History

c. Energy in Earth's Systems

 

c. Energy in Earth's Systems

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