Monomoy Regional Middle School MAP test results reveal strong student growth and achievement
Monomoy Regional School District began administering Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade this year. MAP is a research-based universal screening tool that helps teachers monitor student progress and differentiate classroom instruction. Over the course of the school year and as part of their regular classroom experiences, our middle school students will take MAP assessments three times in Reading and Mathematics.
MAP testing pinpoints areas of student growth and areas where more support may be helpful. In addition, results are available within twenty-four hours, allowing school administrators and classroom teachers to make timely adjustments to better meet the instructional needs of our students.
In addition to adjustments in classroom instruction, Monomoy Regional Middle School has also used MAP results to create and implement an innovative seminar program. Using the detailed data provided by the assessment, the school’s administrative team created seminar classes to provide students with support and/or enrichment. Students who need support in a specific area are placed in small group seminars to help them strengthen their skills, and students whose performance is at or above grade level are able to take elective seminars in areas of personal interest. Each quarter, the seminars change to meet our students’ needs.
So far this year, students took MAP assessments in September and January, and there is one more round of testing slated for June. Our fall and winter test results show that our students are meeting their end-of-year goals ahead of schedule, with impressive growth and achievement results. The following 7th grade Math and Reading charts offer a clear visual representation of that growth and achievement, as each cross or square represents an individual student’s growth and achievement. The upper right quadrant shows high growth and high achievement, so the more markers there are in that quadrant the better the results.
MAP Results for 7th Grade Math
MAP Results for 7th Grade Reading
Typical growth falls in the 40-60% range. For Reading, the growth percentile was 49% for 5th grade, 63% for 6th grade, and 68% for 7th grade. For Math, the results were even stronger. The growth percentile was 42% for 5th grade, 60% for 6th grade, and an impressive 70% for 7th grade.
“The data shows that the longer students remain at Monomoy Regional Middle School, the higher their rates of growth and achievement,” commented Mark Wilson, MRMS Principal. “Increasing growth and achievement over time is a key indicator of a strong school, and Monomoy’s curriculum and differentiated instruction are helping our students reach their full potential. Parents hunting for the best school for their children should take a close look at this data before they make a decision.”
To help parents better understand the MAP tests, the administration recently held a series of workshops to help parents learn about the design of the MAP tests, review sample reports, see grade-level summary data for the school, discuss how the school uses MAP scores to develop seminar rosters, and receive additional information about their child's individual performance and growth. The full presentation is available on the school website, and parents are encouraged to reach out to their child’s teachers or to the school administration if they have any questions or concerns.