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MAP Testing at Buford

logo for map testsDear Buford Families:

During the weeks of October 19-30, 2020, your child will take a MAP® Growth™ test from NWEA® on their CCS Chromebook. MAP Growth scores help teachers understand exactly where each child is by measuring achievement and growth in Reading and Mathematics. Teachers use these results to tailor classroom instruction and academic supports to meet the needs of every student. Students can use these results to set personal learning goals.

What’s the MAP test?

MAP Growth tests are unique. These tests adapt to your child’s responses to measure your child’s skill level. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. Students cannot pass or fail this test. This test will not affect grades. In fact, it’s normal for students to only answer about half the questions correctly, so please do not help them figure out an answer! These results provide a more complete picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn. You will receive a Family Report showing a summary of how your child is performing academically once testing is complete.

Why are the tests important this year?

Given the challenges of learning from home, MAP Growth test results are especially important this year. These results will help us know what students are ready to learn. To MAP test remotely, we need your support. Before your child’s scheduled MAP test session, you will be asked to help determine if there are any issues with your child’s computer. On the day of the test, try to provide a quiet testing environment and minimize distractions as much as possible. You may also be asked to assist your child when they are logging into the test session. The proctor/teacher will provide a way for you and your child to communicate directly with them if an issue arises. Click here for more information on how you can support your child while taking the MAP test at home.

Test Dates

Your child is scheduled to take their MAP Reading test during their Language Arts class on Monday and Tuesday, October 19 and 20. Their MAP Math test is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, October 26 and 27 during their math class. Teachers will conduct a practice test session prior to the test to prepare your student for what to expect on test day.

Working Together

Students across the US have been successfully remote MAP testing since March. In Charlottesville City Schools, students in grades 2-11 will complete the MAP Reading and Math Growth tests this fall and again later in the year. Combined with previous MAP test results, we will be able to monitor your child’s progress over time and determine if your child is receiving instruction that is maximizing their growth every year, in every grade.
We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. Please let me or your student’s teacher know if you have any other questions.

Sincerely,

Pamela Davis
Assistant Principal