During the next several weeks, the Rhinebeck Central School District will be administering the Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) assessments to all students in grades K-12. The school district decided last year to administer MAP® tests twice annually in grades K-12 as part of New York State’s educational reform initiative. During the assessment administration period, your child will spend a total of several class periods for testing in reading and mathematics.
The Measures of Academic Progress® assessments are aligned with New York’s Common Core Standards. The data from these assessments will assist our teachers and principals to better determine your child’s instructional level and will provide timely information to teachers to help them plan and deliver appropriate classroom instruction. MAP® student growth data is also one aspect of a multi-dimensional evaluation process focused on improving student learning and teacher practice.
MAP® assessments are unique in several ways. First off, your child will take the tests on a computer. In addition, these digital assessments are personalized so that they appropriately adapt to your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. Moreover, by using Measures of Academic Progress®, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s instructional level and academic growth.
Thank you in advance for discussing this assessment process with your child and for supporting these efforts to improve teaching and learning in our school district. You can find more information on resources for parents at http://www.nwea.org/resources-parents-and-students. If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact your child’s building principal.
Joseph L. Phelan
Superintendent of Schools
Rhinebeck Central School District