If a lower-performing student takes the 2-5 test or the 6+ test, will the test adapt downwards to cover standards in lower grades? How low will each of these tests adapt to accommodate lower-performing students? Should we assess lower-performing students with a lower grade test?
Should we assess lower-performing students with a lower grade test?In general, you should assess students with the test that matches the grade-level content in which the student is receiving instruction. So for example, a 5th grade student would take a 2-5 test and an 8th grade student would take a 6+ test, even if the student is scoring relatively low (or high) for their grade level. The test will adapt to match their ability, as described in the Math and Reading sections below. The exception is if the student is not yet reading independently. In this case, the student can take the K-2 version of the test, which has audio support.
Read on for more details about how the Math and Reading tests adapt.
The Math 6+ tests include all of the Math 2-5 test items. The Math 2-5 tests do include items that assess Kindergarten and 1st grade standards.
The Reading 2-5 and 6+ tests are built from the same pool of items, and the pool does include test items aligned to Kindergarten and 1st grade standards. However, test filters keep some items out of the 2-5 test, and other items out of the 6+ test. For example, Shakespeare items are in the pool, but filtered out of the 2-5 test. Similarly, passages written for very young children are filtered out of the 6+ test. We also filter some items from the 2-5 test based on word count.
The Reading 2-5 and 6+ tests do not contain audio support like the K-2 tests, so even items aligned to Kindergarten and 1st grade standards will require that the student be able to read independently. Some foundational skills (such as phonics) are only assessed with audio, and therefore do not exist in the 2-5 or 6+ tests.
You can use the Learning Continuum "Test View" report to see which standards and topics are covered by a specific test. To access the Test View:
- Go to View Reports > MAP Growth Reports.
- Select Learning Continuum.
- Scroll past the Class View menus to the Test View list. The Test View list may take a moment to load.
- Select the test you are interested in.
- The Learning Continuum for this test appears. Select Edit Display Options at the top to filter by grade level.