Student Profile: How does the growth goals section work?

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How does the growth goals section of the Student Profile work?

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How do a set a growth goal for a student?

To see how to set a goal for a student, see Student Profile: Next-Generation Report > Growth Goals in the MAP Help Center.

For tips on goal-setting, see Tips For Setting Growth Goals

 
For which terms can I set a goal for a student?

You can set goals for both the current term and future terms. See below for details:
  • Current term: You can set a goal for the current term if:
    • The current term test window is not closed, and:
    • The student has not yet tested in the current term.
  • Future terms: You can set goals for future terms if:
    • The future term is 1 academic year or less away, and:
    • The academic year for the future term has been configured in the MAP system.
    For example, if the current term is fall 2017-2018, you can set goals up to fall 2018-2019.

 
Which tests can I base the goal on?

Generally, the growth goals module will use the most recent valid test within the past year to supply the typical growth you would use as a starting point for goal setting.

However, if the student has tested in the current term, but the current term's test window is still open, the growth goals module will use the most recent previous test instead. Once the test window end date has passed, the typical growth will be updated to reflect the student's test from the current term.

 
Does this mean there will be growth projections and growth goals for term pairs not available in the norms?

Yes. The Student Profile growth goals module shows typical growth and allows you to set growth goals for the most recent completed test window and any future term in the next academic year. This means that, for example, after the spring test term, you can set a goal for fall, even though spring-to-fall growth is not otherwise available in the norms or other MAP Growth reports. The typical growth used for these term pairs comes from our norms data.

 
Will the typical growth ever be negative? Can I set a negative goal?

You cannot set a goal less than 1 RIT point, and typical growth will always be displayed as at least 1 RIT point, even for term pairs like spring-to-fall, where the norms may show a RIT loss.

 
What happens if a student doesn't have any tests in the past year?

Then you can set a performance goal instead of a growth goal. Performance goals are available when a student has not tested within the past year. This includes new students with no testing history.

We use the 50th percentile for the student's grade and subject as a starting point for setting a performance goal.

 
Is there a difference between a growth goal and a performance goal?

Growth goals and performance goals function the same: they are both goals you set for a student's future test term. We use the term "growth" when the goal is based on a previous test score, since growth implies term-to-term improvements. We use the term "performance" when the goal is not based on a previous test score, which occurs when the student is new, or hasn't tested within the past year.

 
How many terms are displayed in the growth chart?

The chart displays results up to 1 academic year in the past, and goals and typical growth up to 1 academic year in the future. The summer terms are not included.

For example, if the current term is fall 2016-2017, the oldest term displayed is fall 2015-2016, and the farthest future term displayed is fall 2017-2018.

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