HKAA uses MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing to determine our student's instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year. They will be tested in the areas of Mathematics, Reading and Language Usage. This blog post should give you a better idea of what MAP testing is all about.
MAP tests are different from most tests in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child's level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. This is so important in encouraging our students to be life-long learners. With MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child's growth.
The test itself is entirely computerized. What makes the test unique is that the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. So each student has their own version of the test. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly the questions become easier. The goal is for the teacher to be able to get a clear picture of each and every student's strengths and weaknesses. When the teacher knows this information they can have a much greater impact.
We are so excited to be able to track our students progress and utilize this fantastic learning tool. We hope that you are equally excited! Stay tuned for more information and tips about our MAP testing.