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Early Learner Testing

If your school has chosen to implement the tests for early learning grades, you can select from three types:

MAP Growth K‑2 (Formerly "MAP for Primary Grades")
Adaptive test to assess growth from one term to the next and obtain learning statements to identify what the student is ready to learn

Screening:

Get baseline information for a new student who is in the earliest stages of learning, particularly a kindergarten or pre-K student (not recommended beyond kindergarten)

Skills Checklist: Assess knowledge of a specific skill before or after teaching it
(38 skills to choose from in mathematics and reading; scored as percent correct)

Selecting Which Test to Use

The best test to use changes over time: 

New Kindergartner

Repeated Testing Over Time

Transition to 2-5

Used early to mid-K to assess foundational skills. Used from K-2, while audio support is needed. Use Skills Checklists at any time, and use MAP Growth K‑2 once each term. Begin between grade 2 fall and grade 3 fall.

Choosing a Screening Test

The Screening tests for early learners can replace many one-on-one manual assessment sessions. There are two choices:

  • Screening: Mathematics Early Numeracy, with 35 questions
  • Screening: Reading Early Literacy, with 33 questions

Both tests adapt after an initial set of questions to determine the level of difficulty for the next set of questions. For details, see Screening Test Structure for Early Learners.

Choosing a Skills Checklist Test

The Skills Checklists follow an overall sequence of academic progression so you can use the assessment most appropriate to each student's abilities. This progression is outlined in the following lists:

Choosing a MAP Growth K-2 Test

For a broader assessment each term, turn to the MAP Growth K‑2 tests. These tests are also aligned to state standards, where available.

Criteria for Transitioning from K‑2 to 2‑5 Tests

Beyond grade 2, the K-2 test content is no longer appropriate, and students should transition to the 2-5 tests by at least the fall of grade 3. However, you can consider making the transition sooner, based on the following considerations:

  1. Can the student interact well with MAP Growth questions?

    You can observe this when the student takes the MAP test warm-up, available from the Join Session page.

  2. Can the student read independently?

    During testing, students must read connected text without assistance. Questions on reading and language tests may include passages up to 100 words in length.

  3. Has the student been exposed to grade 2 content?

    The test questions assume students have been exposed to some grade 2 content.

  4. For details about the MAP Growth test structure, see:

    cdn.nwea.org/state-information/index.html

Administering Tests for Early Learners

  • Before Testing:
    • Schedule the MAP Growth K‑2 testing once per term, within your test window dates.

      (You can administer the Screening and Skills Checklist tests any time as needed.)

    • Verify these tests have the correct grade settings (if not, you cannot assign them).

      Test settings are available under Modify Preferences > Modify Tests, if you have the System Administrator or Assessment Coordinator role. See: B: Set Test Restrictions.

    • Get headphones for each student
    • Help students practice on the computer before testing.

      There are various websites with practice exercises.

  • During Testing:
    • Interrupt the MAP Growth K‑2 test mid-way.

      After about 25 minutes, use the Pause or Suspend actions to give students a rest. See: C: Interrupt/Make-up.

    • Make sure students close the test.

  • After Testing:
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