Welcome to a new school year in Pleasanton Unified School District! This is an unusual year in many ways. Our teachers and administrators are dedicated to making sure that our students have everything they need to grow in their academic learning this year. The Assessment and Accountability Department is committed to supporting this goal together with them. In May 2020 the PUSD Board of Trustees adopted a new District Wide Assessment called MEASURES OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS (MAP) GROWTH from NWEA to be used with students in Second Grade for Math and in Third through Eighth grade for Reading and Math.
Throughout the school year, teachers will administer this online untimed assessment three times (Fall, Winter and Spring) in order to measure each student’s growth in their learning throughout the year and across multiple years of their academic career in our schools. Teachers use results to individualize classroom lessons and set learning goals for students. The MAP Growth Assessment is unique, because it adapts to your child’s responses to measure their skill level. As students answer a question correctly, the next question will be more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next question is easier.
In addition, each area is broken out into performance goals that align with standards based instruction. The teacher uses this information to analyze student strengths and areas of challenge, thus allowing the creation of flexible instructional grouping that targets those skills and strategies necessary to reflect student growth. MAP Growth aligns with California State Standards and the CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) Annual State Assessment.
This Fall, due to the Remote Learning Model, these assessments will be given during the students’ instructional day remotely on their home device. This format of assessment is most effective when teachers, administrators and parents/ guardians partner to support students as they take the assessment.
Teachers will schedule and communicate the time of the assessment, provide the Session Name and Password that students need to login and they will monitor students responses as they take the assessment. Parents/Guardians are an integral part of this process. We are hoping that you can provide assistance in the following ways:
Once a child has completed the assessment, the results are available within 24 hours, giving accurate and meaningful information for teachers, administrators and parents. MAP Growth Assessments provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, to assist teachers in identifying students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with you to support your student’s learning. NWEA has many available resources at NWEA.org/Parent-Toolkit. If you would like more information about the MAP Growth test, you can contact your teacher, school administrators or the Assessment and Accountability Department.
Pam VandeKamp, Ed.D.
Director of Assessment and Accountability