Regarding NWEA Assessments at VCMS

VCMS students will be taking the NWEA MAP Growth assessments for reading and mathematics on Wednesday, September 30, and Wednesday, October 7, 2020. It is critical that students complete these assessments individually, as these scores help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. Teachers use results to tailor classroom lessons and set goals for students. 

MAP Growth assessments are unique and adapt to each child’s responses to measure each child’s skill level. If a child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. These results will provide a more complete picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level. 

Since MAP Growth assessments provide immediate information about a child’s learning, it is easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly. The results will not be accurate if students do not take their time and do their best on this assessment. The MAP Growth tests are one of the multiple measures we use to determine the need for Academic Intervention Services. In this unprecedented learning environment, it is more important than ever to gather as much information as possible about student learning needs.