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Jennifer Gill, Superintendent
1900 West Monroe Street
Springfield, IL 62704
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What is MAP?

The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a formative assessment in reading and math that is designed to measure student growth and learning needs at important benchmarks in the year: beginning, middle, and end. This benchmark assessment adapts to each student's ability measuring what the student knows, diagnoses instructional needs, monitors growth over time, and provides information to make data-driven decisions related to instructional planning and learning. Please click on the title of the report, which will take you to the NWEA website to learn more about MAP. MAP is an assessment tool developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), a non-for-profit organization focused on supporting students and teachers in the learning process. Resource: http://www.nwea.org

Why is MAP an important K - 12 grade assessment?

Springfield Public Schools adopted the NWEA MAP assessment to respond to the need for a benchmarking tool that could be used at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. This tool provides individual and classroom information that helps to direct progress monitoring needs to make sure students continue to growth from one point in time to the next. The MAP assessment provides all K - 12 grade teachers with information that informs their instruction throughout the year. 

download How do we receive information about students' MAP results?

The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) provides several reports for administrators, teachers, students, and parents that are purposed to communicate students' ready to learn level, comparisons to other students across the district and nation, and typical projected proficiency goals based upon their MAP scores. Since we are provided with a wealth of information that guides instruction and goal setting, we are deciding to start small and build. For this reason, our district is only focusing on a few NWEA MAP reports at a time. Please click on the title of this article to see the Key Messages related to MAP Reports. The Fall reports were provided at Parent/Teacher conferences in October. Students' scores are also posted on their electronic cum folder within the Assessment Tab. Families who need help with accessing their child(ren)'s reports are encouraged to contact the classroom teacher(s).