As the end of the school year is approaching, you’ll want to know about workstation preparations that must happen prior to upcoming fall testing. Also, we’re sharing two of many exciting new features coming to MAP® Growth™ this summer.
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Preparing workstations for fall testing
As part of our efforts to improve MAP Growth over time, and to ensure you have a secure and flawless testing experience, NWEA® must occasionally stop supporting older browsers and operating systems. For the next school year, some older operating systems and browsers will no longer be usable for MAP Growth testing. Please review the operating systems at your workstations and make any necessary upgrades prior to fall testing to ensure a smooth testing experience. Operating systems that will not be permitted for MAP Growth testing starting in July 2018:
- Mac OSX 10.9
- Mac OSX 10.10
Operating systems that will no longer be supported starting in July 2018 and not permitted for MAP Growth testing starting in November 2018:
Browsers no longer permitted for testing starting in July 2018:
- Safari 7 and 8 (minimum version allowed is 9)
- Firefox version 57 or lower (minimum version allowed is 58)
- Chrome version 64 or lower (minimum version allowed is 65)
Lockdown browsers (Secure Testing Browsers) released prior to 2018 will no longer be permitted for Map Growth testing starting in July 2018. The minimum allowed versions will be:
- Windows LDB Version 126.96.36.199 from January 2018 (A new version will be released in June 2018. We recommend that you update to the June version when it is released.)
- Mac LDB Version 188.8.131.52
- Chromebook App Version 3.0.1
- iPad App Version 3.1
If you have any questions, please contact Partner Support.
MAP Growth gets a facelift
To improve student engagement, next fall we’re updating the look and feel of MAP Growth and MAP Growth K–2 tests to deliver a more modern, app-like experience. Shown below is a sneak peek of what those tests will look like. Look for more information about this—and other exciting changes for students—in our June newsletter.
Here’s a sample of the new MAP Growth K–2 test items:
Here’s a sample of the new MAP Growth test items:
What’s coming to the Student Profile this fall
The Comparisons module within the Student Profile is about to get an upgrade. Soon, you’ll be able to use the Student Profile to understand a student’s growth and achievement, predict performance on future tests such as the SAT®, find books that match student ability, and use student scores to have conversations about college and career readiness.
Starting this fall, you will be able to open the Comparisons module to use more tools to understand the implications of students’ RIT scores.
Are you sharing the Parent Toolkit?
To help your student’s parents better understand and benefit from the MAP Growth test, invite them to visit the Parent Toolkit for practical resources. Translated resources are available in many languages, including the parents’ Student Progress Report Quick Reference in Spanish.
We’re here when you need us—contact Partner Support online
Need help? If the issue you’re experiencing isn’t urgent, consider submitting your question through our online form in the NWEA Connection community. You’ll receive a response within 24 hours from one of our helpful Partner Support representatives.