Hi Tim! Please see the information below that I believe will answer your question. Reach out again if you need further support!
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Not all MAP Growth K-2 test questions have audio for specific sections; for example, a question may have audio for directions, but not for the reading passage.
The student will know there is audio for an item because there will be a speaker icon on the screen for parts of the item that have student-initiated audio replay (see image below). If there is no audio, or if the item has only audio that plays automatically, such as directions, there will be no speaker icon. For example, an item where the only audio is for the directions, such as “Read the story”, will not have a speaker icon.
These test items are explicitly evaluating a student's ability to answer the question by reading. For example, if we are asking the student to locate information within a reading passage, then the passage would likely not have audio, since the answer will come verbatim from the passage and we don’t want to alert the student to the correct response in any way.
No, there are higher RIT score items that have audio. The items without audio do tend to be more difficult and will thus have higher RIT scores, however, cognitive complexity and the comprehension skill being assessed are the primary factors that contribute to whether we decide to include audio support.
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Hi Tim, to add a bit more to Jane's reply; If a student cannot read independently, the audio support removes the decoding barrier which allows the student to show their knowledge about comprehension skills (for example: finding themes, making connections, analyzing text). There are items on a K-2 test where a student will not have audio and it is specifically testing their reading ability. If a student can read independently, you may want to consider transitioning to the 2-5 test, especially for 2nd grade. We have some guidance here with When to transition students from MAP Growth K-2 to 2-5 reading or math.
This is what we were told earlier in terms of transitioning, but I was under the impression that the new guidelines are that transitioning to 2-5 should only occur if the student is receiving instruction on 3rd grade standards and that they do not recommend switching the test within the same school year. Could you please clarify this.
Yes, you are correct in that we do not recommend switching test types mid-year. So if they test K-2 in fall, they should be tested the same for winter and spring. The 2-5 test covers content in grades 2-5 but students should be able to read independently with this test type.
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