Students enter the classroom silently and see computers and goal setting sheets on their desks. I ask all students not to touch their computers and instead look at the paper on their desk. Since students have taken this test before they already understand what it looks like and the fact that they will be doing it on computers.
I briefly discuss that I will be using their test scores to measure their growth. I instruct them to look at the table at the top of their paper and I provide their RIT scores from their results after taking the test at the end of 6th grade. RIT scores are numbers that compare students to all other students around the country who have taken this test as well. I explain that the RIT score can help estimate at what grade level students are performing when compared to other students around the country.
I ask students to set a goal that adds 5-8 points to their RIT score. This is the score they are aiming to get today. Then, students are instructed to begin their test and are encouraged to use scrap paper to show their work.
Students work at computers independently. While they are working I circulate the room every ten minutes to ensure they stay on task. If a students finishes before the end of class, they are asked to take a book out to read.
The MAP test is a "Measure of Academic Progress" created by the NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) used within our network and other schools across the country. This test is a dynamic assessment which adapts to students' responses as they take the test. I use this test to measure my students' growth. They take this test three times a year, in the fall, winter, and spring. Research has found that student growth measures through this assessment correlates with college readiness indicators.
Each student earns an RIT score which compares students across the country in terms of approximate grade levels. The following is a scenario posed on the NWEA website to explain the best way to use data generated by this test:
Their website also includes sample questions for grades 3 - 5 which can be completed online. One resource I have found to be most useful as a diagnostic, as well as similar to MAP test and new ccss questions, is Lumos Learning's "PARCC Edition Common Core Mathematics (grade 7)". The following questions are samples from the diagnostic test of this booklet. This book is available through Amazon.com
1) Which of the following formulas can be used to find the area of a circle?
2) Danny rolls two number cubes (dice), one red and one blue. What is the probability that he will roll a 2 on the red cube and a 6 on the blue cube?
3) Jasmine takes three walks a day. If her walks last 30 minutes, 47 minutes, and 1 hour respectively, and she walks a total of 4 miles a day, which of the following reflects the approximate pace she walks
A) two and a quarter miles per hour
B) two and a half miles per hour
C) one half mile per hour
D) one quarter mile per hour".
At the end of the period, students who finished are reminded to write the RIT score displayed on their screen and I collect their goal setting sheet. Student's who do not finish are asked to exit the program and picked up during lunch or study hall to finish.