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Northwest Public Schools | June 25, 2017

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Testing Information

Below you will find important information regarding district wide testing information for the 2016 / 2017 school year.

District Testing Calendar

Northwest Public Schools Assessment ScheduleLinked .pdf

 

NWEA MAP Testing Information 

MAPS (Measure of Academic Progress)

This year we will again be administering the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment in grades K – 10. The following is a brief overview of the MAP assessment:

  • The MAP assessment is given to determine a student’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year and from year to year in the areas of reading, language usage, and mathematics.

Unlike the traditional paper/pencil tests, the MAP test is an adaptive test taken on a computer.

  • MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for each student’s level of learning. In other words, when students take the MAP test for reading, math, and language, the computer program designs a test for the individual student by adapting the difficulty of the items to the students’ instructional level. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.
  • While the test is not timed, each of the MAP tests is administered in approximately one-hour increments (one hour for each subject) over several days so students are not spending an entire day taking tests. These assessments then give detailed, accurate information about each student’s growth. Following the district’s testing window, parents, students and teachers will receive reports showing student results.
  • In our school, students will be taking these assessments in September and then again in March. Taking the tests multiple times will allow teachers, as well as students and parents, an opportunity to monitor a student’s learning progress.

We are truly excited about focusing in on every child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information on resources for parents and to gain a deeper understanding of the MAP assessment, download the Parent Toolkit by clicking here for English and here for Spanish.

 

NESA State Testing

Each year the Nebraska Department requires all schools in Nebraska to take statewide testing in the areas of Reading, Math and Science. The state will not be assessing Writing in grades 4, 8 and 11 as in the past.

Subject                                                                                                                                                 Math – Grade 3 – 11                                                                                                                         Reading – Grades 3 – 11                                                                                                                   Science – Grade 5, 8 and 11

*** You will receive specific information from your child’s school about exact dates and testing times as they approach during the school year. If you have questions, please contact your child’s building principal.