More on MAPs (formerly ERB)
We are changing our external assessment system away from ERB to MAPs (Measures of Academic Performance). MAP assessments are different in two fundamental ways.
The first is that they are focused on measuring growth. This means that we are focused on meeting students where they are now and getting them to move forward from that place. This supports goal setting for all students and acknowledges that a grade level doesn't necessarily indicate where students' skills are in English and mathematics.
The second is that the test is adaptive. This means that the test will adjust as the kids get answers right or wrong. The test is attempting to lock in on where their current skill levels really are. As an example, I have seen test questions get up in to derivative and logarithm questions for Algebra 1 students just to make sure they find the ceiling for the students. This means that the concept of getting a perfect score by getting every question right does not apply on these tests.
As this is something new, we are taking our time to make sure that we have the systems in place to create a positive testing environment and experience for our kids.