We have students taking WAY more time than the estimates provided by NWEA. Is there a way for the testing administrators to finalize tests - even if the students have not finished - after a set amount of time?
Thanks for your question. The test must be completed in order for a student to receive a RIT score. Consider setting a specific amount of time to test and then suspending the test if not finished to be resumed on another day. Check out more information on suspending and resuming tests. And here's more information about approximate test durations.
Please let us know if you have additional questions.
We have many students who take longer than the recommended amount of time as well. We can't afford to spend any more class time, so we have to resort to pulling students from elective classes to get a score. At that point, we can't be sure if it is a good representation of their capability.
Hi Annette, tests older than 28 days from the start date cannot be resumed, however, our official recommendation is to not resume a test after 14 days due to the increased instructional times and the likelihood that a student will see higher value RIT items that may inflate their scores compared to their peers.
We have found the same to be true- we have a lot of students that take about 1.5 x the average time. I have never seen an instrument that actually normed the time it took for students to test. After learning more and more about norms, we know that every teacher or classroom will have a few students who take a much longer time to test.
This has been the #1 topic with setting our testing logistics and being better prepared. Of course, one solution was to treat MAP Growth testing days like a state testing day. We went through the experience of stopping students from testing because they were going over a 1.5-2 hour mark. We made the mistake of terminating the tests. We will definitely be adding a short and sweet reminders in new training to have a plan for students who may need hours to test. We have a wonderful NWEA MAP consultant, Shannon, who quickly explained the importance of testing times and that it's actually good (return on investment- in regards to time) for students to take longer because you, as a teacher, will know where to save time in spending less time teaching things a student already knows and more time on what they don't know It's all common sense once it's explained, but going through our first year of piloting MAP, we've learned to give ourselves grace and keep moving forward. Not letting perfection stand in the way of progress.
(Thank you @Shannon Weaver!)
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