The Spring Semester has begun here at AOA, and that means it’s time for our annual achievement testing!
AOA uses the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test through the Northwest Evaluation Association for our achievement testing. The MAP test is unique in that it is taken online and the test is adaptive to the student’s ability. When students begin the test, the first question is at their grade level. If the question is answered correctly, the next question is slightly more difficult. From there, the test gets progressively more difficult with each correct answer and slightly easier with each incorrect answer. Thus, the MAP test is successful in identifying the actual academic level of students as it adapts back and forth to find the level of academic comprehension, knowledge, and skills. The MAP test is comprised of three sections: language arts, reading, and math.
Although it is a strong positive in locating the level of a child, the adaptive nature of this test may be frustrating for students. It is important for parents to prepare the student ahead of time. It is important for students to understand that they should be able to answer only about 50% of the questions correctly.
There are many reasons for taking the MAP test, but one of the greatest advantages is that it allows you to see the academic progress of your child from an impartial third party. As a school, AOA uses the MAP test averages to look at our overall academic success in equipping our students with the appropriate knowledge and skills for their grade levels.
All full-time AOA students in grades 3 through 10 are required to take the MAP test each year, preferably in the spring. Part-time students may take the test for a small fee, but testing is not required. The Spring 2019 MAP testing window runs from February 18 through June 14.
This year AOA is introducing an online sign-up page. You may also contact your education coordinator or call school support services at 800-682-7396. If your child is enrolled full-time in grades 3-10 and has not been registered for the MAP test by the end of March, you may receive a call from a member of our school support services team to assist you with that process.
To find out more about Alpha Omega Academy’s achievement testing policy and the MAP test, please visit AOA’s virtual campus.