If a student is having a bad day, and just guesses or does not take the test seriously, can they do a retest during the testing window.
I have all our tests marked as one time per term. If the teacher wants to retest a student then they have to call me as the District Administrator and ask for the test to be excluded so that the student can retest. We do it that way so that it prevents the students from taking the tests multiple times during a window and the school also has to provide the District with a reason for the retest.
Hi Keith, glad we connected earlier over email! To repeat here, yes, test proctors have the ability to retest students (see Can I retest students with MAP?) but as Fawn points out-- the more complex question is establishing school policies for re-testing and guidelines for student motivation in general. Note that NWEA discourages retesting a student for reasons other than test fatigue, stress, students speeding through the test, illness, or scheduling concerns.
We ask teachers/proctors to stop (terminate) the test for any student who is exhibiting behaviors discussed above, like stress, speeding through the test, etc. Then the student can try again when they're ready. We want the best information possible from students to help guide instructional decisions. If that means a retest is necessary, I am in full support of a retest.
We've just started down our MAP implementation journey. At the beginning of the year, I didn't restrict re-testing so anyone was allowed to retest. Principals and campus leaders asked me to limit re-testing for various reasons. One key learning piece is that even if a student re-tests, MAP doesn't just let the test with the higher score be considered the valid one. So, a student can re-test 3 times thinking they can get a higher RIT score, but the test wasn't considered valid based on complex things beyond my calculator. Also, sometimes the students are spending hours retesting. There are measures to refer to know whether or not it was a valid test or not. I only know this after going through implementation and having the very best NWEA consultants who have helped me with this.
Best resources are in Help:
Student Test Engagement Preparation and Policy Guidance
I think in the initial wave of implementation, it's too much to understand when MAP is so complex (in a good way) that re-testing should be through your school's/district's retesting policy so students' time isn't wasted taking tests over and over trying to increase a score.
You can also contact MAP and have customized retesting settings. Working with your implementation team and contacting support to walk you through this is very quick and easy. We gave ourselves grace in learning through this year and our campuses have guided us to making this decision up to this point.
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