1) During my research, I contacted the state dept of education. 3 of the 5 people I spoke to did not know what SCCCR was. 2) The district executive of curriculum did not know (and couldn't get the source material to follow me) what standards had been moved to different grade levels yet were still being taught in 3rd grade. 3) The Director of Assessment referred to MAP score and RIT score as 2 different things. (MAP is a test. RIT is the score one receives on the test) 4) My son (based on MAP scoring from Spring 16 to Spring 17) showed 0 improvement. Yet in his ELA class...he has carried an A all year. 5) Based on his MAP results, they want him to attend a summer reading camp that is from 8:30-12:30 4 days a week. It is 30 miles from our house. He'd need to be at the bus stop at 6:35 and wouldn't get back home until well after 2pm. 6) Starting next year, all students who meet the "criteria" will be mandated to attend the summer reading camp. A below average MAP score in the Winter of that school year will prompt the district to send someone to test your child with a test called DRA2. Based on their performance, the district then decides whether your child MUST attend the summer program or not. 7). As we all know, MAP tests are not an indication of a child's performance. The district sited that his performance on the DRA2 test was the deciding factor. I requested to see his test so I could evaluate it, I was told it was against policy. 8) Unlike SC READY and SC PASS, students do not have the ability to go back and check their work. So perhaps a concept introduced at the beginning of the test that the child couldn't remember recalls it halfway thru...they have no means to go correct the answer.
Some factors to consider: An indication of "no progress" in RIT score over a school year has actually been evaluated and has shown it's either an indication of higher achievement, or no indication of skill level. It's important to note that while MAP results could possibly give accurate data that a student has improved in skill, MAP does not/cannot/will not indicate the ability for or actual progress in achievement. In the education field, there is a stark difference between skill and achievement.
Since MAP tests cannot be assessed by an educator, there is absolutely no way to correlate a child's performance on the test vs their knowledge, ability, or skill level. For example: in 2nd grade they teach children to skip count for multiplication. That's asking children to remember a sequence of numbers, recited to the rhythm of a children's song, and monitor their fingers. Assume a MAP test math question asks "8x6". If they are skip counting....there is a big difference between choosing "40" as the answer vs "36", yet in both cases the child is wrong. If I were to teach skip counting, the child who answered 40 is on the right track...yet probably put up 2 fingers while counting by 8's when he/she got to 24. That's a flaw in method, not an indication of a deficiency. Yet an educator cannot assess that because no one is privy to the test.
Without getting too technical...in mathematics there is a concept called "Chaos Theory". MAP and other standardized tests that cannot be evaluated by an educator will always eventually trend towards the concept of "Chaos Theory". Chaos Theory is:
Chaos theory is a part of mathematics. It looks at certain systems that are very sensitive. A very small change may make the system behave completely differently. Very small changes in the starting position of a chaotic system make a big difference after a while.
As I am sure many of you know, there are tons of studies online that show the ineffectiveness of MAP and standardized tests in general. Many of you may have come across this one, but I urge all of you to make a copy of it and submit it when giving notification of refusal to allow your child to be MAP tested. For one, it indicates all of the flaws and more importantly...they won't be able to understand what they are reading anyway because they do not have the ability to analyze complex data. " http://conceptualmath.org/misc/MAPtest.htm... See MoreSee Less