At ISU all students from Grade 3 to Grade 10 complete MAP tests. MAP = Measures of Academic Progress. This is an academic performance test developed by the North West Evaluation Association in the USA. MAP testing is used by international schools globally for admissions and academic performance monitoring purposes. It is one of many ways by which teachers in international schools can know how well their students are learning each year and how comparable their learning is to students in other international schools across the world.
Our students at ISU do MAP testing in early Fall and Spring each year. Comparing their scores from Fall to Spring in one year allow teachers to measure the learning that has taken place over that academic year.
Using the individual MAP scores that our students achieve, the teacher can plan more specifically for further learning for each child. Looking at the MAP scores for the whole class or grade level, allows the teacher to have a measure of how well the students are performing within an international cohort of students who have taken the same test at the same time.
Parents receive reports on their child's MAP test performances during the school year. These can be difficult to interpret. Please click on the link below for a guide to interpretation provided by the NWEA.
From time to time, ISU offers workshops for parents regarding interpretation of MAP reports. Please watch our News/Medee column on the home page of the ISU website and your email inbox for announcements of upcoming MAP workshops.
Please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher if you have questions about his or her MAP report.