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MAP Tests in Spanish

To ensure equity among all students, you can use the MAP® Spanish tests for students who either speak Spanish as their first language or receive instruction in Spanish.

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For a list of tests available, see Test Descriptions Summary.

Determining Student Needs

Deciding if Spanish tests are appropriate will depend on each student’s unique circumstances. Here are some general considerations:

  • If your program goal is English proficiency:
    • Students with low instructional time in English are good candidates for Spanish tests. After one or two testing terms, consider switching to the English test if the student has shown positive growth.
    • Students with more instructional time in English might benefit from the Spanish test, although they could probably transition to English soon.
  • If your program goal is biliteracy or dual-language immersion:
    • For reading, consider testing students in both Spanish and English to understand their different reading abilities.
    • For math, choose either Spanish or English, depending on student abilities. Unlike reading, a student can have only one math score counted toward growth each term.
  • Spanish math is available for grades K–12 and Spanish reading is available for grades K–8.

Videos for MAP Growth Spanish

Introduction

Summarizes the purpose, options, and suggested use for MAP® Growth™ Spanish tests

Spanish and English Language Development and Instruction

Compares how students develop language skills in English versus Spanish and the potential impacts on instruction

How to Use Spanish MAP Growth Reports and Data

Explains actionable insights you can gain about the learning needs of Spanish-speaking students

Quick Tips for MAP Growth Spanish

Test Administration:

  • When assigning a test to students, look for the word “Spanish” in the test name (such as “Growth: Spanish Reading 2-5”).
  • When assigning accommodations, Text-to-Speech is not yet available for Spanish tests.
  • To help students with sign-in, tell them to turn on the “mostrar instrucciones en español” option.

Spanish Reading Results:

  • RIT scores are:

    • based on a separate scale from English Reading, and appear separate from English results.
    • comparable to English (for example, a 210 in Spanish matches the difficulty of 210 in English).
  • Norms are:

    • only available for individual students (school norms are not yet available)
    • currently based on 100,000 tests taken by Spanish-speaking students during the 2018-2019 pilot year.
    • labeled “User Norms” on reports.
    • limited by grade and term:

      Grades K–5:

      Achievement percentile from fall or spring
      and growth percentile for fall-to-spring

       

      Grades 6–8: 

      Achievement percentile from spring only
      and no growth percentile

      For more about the research, see Spanish Reading Tests Norms Overview.

  • Some data is not available, including projected proficiency and Lexile® measure. For an example report, see MAP Growth Spanish Reading Results .

Spanish Math Results:

  • RIT scores are based on the same scale as English Math, and appear in the same area as English results.

    Note: If a student took both Spanish and English in the same term (not recommended), then one score would appear, whichever has the lowest standard error.

  • Norms are based on the same national norms as English Math.

Videos for MAP Reading Fluency Spanish

Introduction

Summarizes the purpose, options, and suggested use for MAP® Reading Fluency™ Spanish tests

Spanish and English Language Development and Instruction

Compares how students develop language skills in English versus Spanish and the potential impacts on instruction

How to Use Spanish MAP Reading Fluency Reports and Data

Explains actionable insights you can gain about the learning needs of grade K–3 Spanish-speaking students

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