MAP – Measures of Academic Progress

Step Up For Students Partnership with NWEA

What does the MAP assessment cover? 
There are four subject area tests available: Reading, Math, Language Usage, and Science.  MAP also provides End of Course (EOC) Exams in Algebra I, II, Geometry, and Integrated Math I & II.  In addition, MAP provides an online Survey to quickly assess incoming students for placement plus a Screening & Skills Checklist for K-1 primary grades.

Who should take the assessments? 
MAP for Primary Grades (MPG) is designed for kindergarten through 2nd grade non-readers. It is an audio-based test. Standard MAP is designed for 2nd grade (readers) through 12th grade.

How is the test given and how frequently? 
The test is a computer-adaptive multiple-choice and technology-enhanced item test. Every student takes the tests on a computer, and the number of questions and difficulty level of the questions changes based on whether the student answers the questions correctly or incorrectly.  MAP is designed to be administered three times a year (fall, winter and spring) to inform instruction throughout the year.  A fourth testing window is available to schools for summer assessment if desired.

What technology is required to operationalize MAP at my school?

Schools need to maximize student computer access, wi-fi capability and bandwidth to ensure that every student can take the assessments online.

Do I still have to give my regular standardized assessment (Stanford, ITBS, TerraNova, etc.) to meet the Step Up For Students legislated testing requirement? 
No, this test is approved by the Florida DOE to act as your required standardized assessment.

How much does it cost? 
By partnering with Step Up For Students, NWEA is able to give you a discounted rate of $12.50 per student to take the Reading, Language Usage and Math tests. Each student taking the Science test would be an additional cost of $2.50.

What information does it give my teachers?

Your teachers will be able to access immediate test data to see what their students are ready to learn in relation to Florida State Standards and how they have grown throughout the year.
What else do I get?
Free professional development on interpreting the MAP data and reports from the Step Up For Students Office of Student Learning. (This is typically offered at a minimum cost of $4,500 from NWEA.)  MAP Reports and Informing Instruction Training will be provided in a regional model to better serve more schools.  Principals and school leaders are expected to send their staff to these regional trainings to maximize the effectiveness of the assessment for student success.  Regions include:  Pensacola, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Daytona, Ocala, Orlando, Lakeland, Clearwater, Ft. Myers, West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. A calendar of regional training session date and time options and registration links for each will be published at once they are finalized.

What does the Reports and Informing Instruction professional learning cover?

Most training sessions will require a three-hour commitment and will include Differentiated Instruction practices.  These sessions will be offered regionally and at various times of the day to accommodate school schedules.  Each professional learning session below helps teachers to understand where their students are performing in relation to Florida State Standards and how they can use the data to inform instruction to optimize student progress.  Session topics will include:

  • MAP Orientation for Administrations in April or May
  • MAP Orientation for Teachers in August
  • MAP Class Reports and Student Goal Setting in September
  • MAP Class Breakdown Reports and Learning Continuum Class View in October
  • MAP Achievement and Status Growth and Student Profile Reports in February
  • MAP Class Breakdown Reports and Learning Continuum Test View in March or April
  • MAP Responsive Lesson Planning, Learning Centers, Networking & Celebration in June
  • SUFS Webinars to support schools in MAP may be added throughout the year as well.

I want it! What now? 
Deadline for participation in the 2017-2018 school year is June 1st, 2017.  To let us know that your school is interested in participating in the 2018-2019 school year, please email Paula Nelson,