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.

MAPs 評量 (前ERB測驗)

我們讓學生參加的年度校外評量,今年將不採用ERB測驗而改成參加MAPs (學術表現評量)。MAP評量與之前我們所採用的測驗有兩點基本差異。

首先是MAPs注重衡量學習的成長和進步。 也就是我們必須知道學生目前確實的程度在哪裡,並且讓他們從那個地方跨步前進。 這樣將幫助所有學生設定自己的目標,並且也讓學生也清楚明白他所在的年級不一定就限定了他可有的英語和數學能力。

第二點差異在MAPs測驗有適應調整性。也就是說,這測試會隨著孩子答案的正確與否進行調整。 這個測驗嘗試鎖定學生當前技能水平究竟在哪裡。 例如,我在這測驗給代數1學生的問題之中,已看到關於導數和對數的問題,這就是這項測驗要確實找到參加學生上限的方式之一。 這也同時意味著,這些測驗並不適用於通過獲取每個問題來獲得完美分數的概念。

由於這是項新的嘗試,我們正在花時間確保系統順利運作,希望能為我們的孩子創造一個積極正向的評量測試環境和經驗。