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Before Testing. Math (K-8), Reading (K-8), Science(4-8) Given three times a year Taken on a computer Does not count for a grade in your classes Not timed Has around 40-60 questions (varies by subject/test). Things you might already know about MAP :.

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things you might already know about map

Math (K-8), Reading (K-8), Science(4-8)

  • Given three times a year
  • Taken on a computer
  • Does not count for a grade in your classes
  • Not timed
  • Has around 40-60 questions(varies by subject/test)
Things you might already know about MAP:
things that may surprise you about map
Things that may surprise you about MAP:
  • When you answer a question right, your next question will be harder.
  • If you answer a question wrong, the next question will be easier.
  • You will not have the same questions as the other students in your class!
  • No two MAP tests are alike!
things that may surprise you about map1
Things that may surprise you about MAP:
  • Your MAP score is not determinedby the number of questions you answer correctly!
  • Your score is based on the level of difficultyof the questions you are answering correctly.

High Score

Difficult Question

Easier Question

Low Score


High Score

Difficult Question

Low Score

Easier Question

18 Questions

11 Correct

7 Incorrect


things that may surprise you about map2
Things that may surprise you about MAP:
  • MAP tests show teachers, principals and parents how much you’ve grown and learned throughout the school year.
  • At the end of the year, you should be able to answer questions at a higher difficulty level, showing how much more you learned.

A MAP Test measures growth!


A MAP test is like a ruler!




















MAP measures how much you’ve learned from year to year.

A ruler measures how much taller you’ve gotten from year to year.

8th Grade Target

5th Grade

7th Grade

6th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade


53 in.


52 in.


50 in.



What patterns of growth do you see?

  • Have you grown consistently or are there lots of ups and downs?
  • What might be the reason for a big drop or a big leap in scores?
  • What can you do to make sure that you grow as much as you need to before the end of this year?
  • How do the scores and grades you get NOW affect your immediate future? Your distant future?
  • How do your actions NOW affect your future?

Understanding your previous MAP scores:


Your goal for each class should be to gain as much knowledge as you possibly can, and to master the skills and strategies you are taught.

  • Getting good grades, high scores on STAAR, and meeting MAP targets will happen as a result of meeting your learning and mastery goals.

Setting goals for learning and mastery:


Some questions might seem easy and some might seem hard.

You are not expected to know the answer to every question on the MAP test. When you get to a question you do not know the answer to, still try your best!

Things teachers can say:

You may see things differently on the MAP test than how we see things in class. That is okay!

Show your work on scrap paper.

I cannot help you answer the questions on the MAP test. Just try your best!

If you are unsure of a word in a mathematics or science question, raise your hand and I will pronounce it for you, but I cannot tell you what it means.

You cannot go back to a question you have already answered. Take as long as you need to answer each question.





Talking about your MAP score:

  • Did your score increase since the last time you took MAP?
  • If yes, what were some of the things you did to grow and learn this year?
  • If not, what may be some of the reasons?
  • Which of those reasons do you have the power to change?
  • Do you think your MAP score is an accurate reflection of your knowledge and skills? Why or why not?
  • What will your learning goal(s) be next year?