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

PRACTICE tests are also available to help K‑2 students prepare—see Administering Tests for Early Learners

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:

Relation to Common Core—If your state standards are related to Common Core, you can see correlations to those standards in the Skills Checklist Selection Guide.

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:
    • Get headphones for each student.
    • Check the audio on each student device.

    • Set up testing sessions in advance . If you do not see the MAP Growth K-2 or other tests available, ask someone responsible for MAP setup to check the test restriction settings. See: B: Set Test Restrictions.

  • Prepare Students:
    • Mouse practice—There are various websites with practice exercises.
    • Warm-up for MAP Growth K-2—Useful for giving students a brief sample of questions with a video explanation of how to answer them. Students access it from the warm-up link on the sign-in page (test.mapnwea.org). Not available on iPads—use the practice test instead.

      – or –

      Practice test for MAP Growth K-2—Useful for a larger sample of questions (between 8 and 10 per subject) and for students using iPads. Assign students either the PRACTICE: Math K‑2 test or PRACTICE: Reading K‑2 test. You administer them just like standard tests, but the test results are invalidated and will not appear on the MAP Growth K-2 reports (only the skills checklist reports).

  • During Testing:

    Administer testing like all MAP Growth tests (see Proctor Steps), and also follow these best practices:

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

      After about 20 minutes, use the Pause or Suspend actions to give students a rest. See: C: Interrupt/Make-up.

    • Make sure students close the test.

      After the final message ("Good Job" and dog image appears), you or the students must click the Close (X) button. If they do not, the test remains unfinished and will not provide a final score.

  • After Testing:

 

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