# Heineman Middle School What tests do your students take? 9/19/2012

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Heineman Middle School
Standardized Tests
take?
MAP
The MAP (Measures of Academic Progress)
Dates of MAP 2012-13:
September 12-13
January 15-16
April 23-24
ISAT
The ISAT (Illinois Standards Achievement
Tests) assesses Reading, Math, and Science
(7th only)
March 4-8 will be ISAT
week
Both tests provide a
Lexile range. This
Lexile range helps
students, parents and
teachers find
material.
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What is MAP?
MAP is a computer based adaptive test, meaning
the test adapts to each individual student based
on how he or she responds to a question.
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If a student responds correctly, the next
question will be slightly more difficult. If a
student responds incorrectly, the next question
will be slightly easier.
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In an optimal test, a student answers half of
the items correctly and half incorrectly.
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Since the test pulls from a bank of thousands
of questions on multiple levels, no two tests
will be the same!
The Results of MAP Tests
Students are measured on a continuous scale called the
RIT (Rasch UnIT) scale. We refer to their scores as RIT
points or RITs.
The results are displayed in three forms: (1) at the end
of each test, a number value is displayed to the student,
(2) in chart form demonstrating the student’s trends
since they began testing (3) after numerous tests over
time a graph is created to demonstrate the students
growth over those tests.
The purpose of the MAP test
is to measure growth over
time.
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What does the MAP
results tell everyone?
MAP provides valuable data to teachers in the various
subcategories. It allows teachers to identify strengths
and weaknesses
The MAP assessments allow parents, teachers and
students to demonstrate growth over time.
The MAP assessments allow individual students to see
and track their progress.
How do I interpret all these numbers
and graphs?
The RIT scores represent a point on a
continuous scale of learning. This allows
parents, teachers and students an opportunity
to see growth.
Scores indicate a student’s instructional level.
As student progress through school, their
overall growth is in smaller proportions.
The percentile score gives a ranking for how
students compare to the national norm group.
There is little change or a slight regression in
scores from spring to fall due to the limited
amount of classroom time between spring and
fall.
Important reminder!!!!
RIT scores should be
used to measure
individual student
growth and not
intended to compare
students.
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Look for
consistent
growth!
Helps you
find
appropriate
materials
Look for a solid
upward trend in
Also, be aware of
where your
student’s line is in
relation to his/her
peers’ average
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Trends we see over time
There may be slight change or a regression in scores
from spring to fall due to the limited amount of
classroom time between spring and fall.
Summer 2012, MAP aligned their question bank to
Common Core Standards!
What is ISAT?
The Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) measures the
three through eight and science in grades four and seven.
While the ISAT does provide individualized feedback on a
student’s performance, it also provides the state and district
with information on the district’s progress as a whole.
In middle school, 6th graders are assessed in the areas of
Both the ISAT &amp; MAP provide a Lexile range. This Lexile range
helps students, parents and teachers find appropriate reading
material.
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Interpreting ISAT results
All ISAT scores are expressed on a scale similar to
MAP assessments.
This percentile rank indicates how the student’s
performance compares to others in the same
This scoring system allows school districts to
measure and calculate student growth.
A student’s overall score is placed in one of four
performance categories as follows:
ISAT Performance Level Descriptions
Exceeds Standards- Student work demonstrates advanced
knowledge and skills in the subject. Students creatively apply
knowledge and skills to solve problems and evaluate results.
Meets Standards- Student work demonstrates proficient knowledge and
skills in the subject. Students effectively apply knowledge and skills to
solve problems.
Below Standards- Student work demonstrates basic knowledge and skills
in the subject. However, because of gaps in learning, students apply
knowledge and skills in limited ways.
Academic Warning- Student work demonstrates limited knowledge and
skills in the subject. Because of major gaps in learning, students apply
knowledge and skills ineffectively.
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How your
student did
on the test
compared to
the
standards
Where your
student ranks
against their
peers on this
test
Tips and Ways to Make
Students Successful
Test Days
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Please try to limit absences on these test days as make-ups are usually
more stressful on the students.
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A healthy breakfast provides the fuel and energy needed to do their best.
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Provide positive encouragement!
In General
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Provide a quiet comfortable place for homework and studying in order to
value education.
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Provide opportunities to read at home, maybe read a novel together and
discuss.
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school, know their progress, let them know you care!
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Where do I get help?
www.nwea.org
assessments.
http://www.isbe.net/assessment/isat.htm
assessment.
The following websites were
recommended by the NWEA
Mathematics
www.aaamath.com
www.coolmath.com
www.funbrain.com
www.aplusmath.com
www.mathforum.org/dr.math
www.mathleague.com
www.edhelper.com
www.funbrain.com
www.merriam-webster.com
www.vocabulary.com
www.superkids.com/aweb/to
ols/words
www.lexile.com
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References
Northwest Evaluation Association
www.nwea.org
Illinois State Board of Education
http://www.isbe.net/assessment/isat.htm
Questions?????
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MAP &amp; Common Core Standards
For the 2012-2013 school year, District 158 has moved to a new MAP
version that is aligned with the Common Core Standards.
The common core standards are a result of a national effort to bring
consistency and rigor to content standards across the country.
The realigned MAP test has some noticeable changes in the test items.
For example, it has been observed that items containing reading
passages have become lengthier.
MAP strands have also been adjusted.
There are also changes in the percentile rank and growth targets. “This
has not changed their RIT score or skill attainment. It only changes the
comparison of rank across all the students or in how much growth the
group of students with the same spring score attained. Each individual
student's historical report has been updated by NWEA and includes the
new percentile ranks.”
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