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Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing




What is MAP testing?

A form of computerized testing, MAP was introduced to students in grades 4-8 during the 2011-2012 school year. MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is an adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and assist them in making informed decisions that promote a child’s individual academic growth.


Who will be tested?

Students in Kindergarten through grade 8 will be tested. Students in K-2 will take a test called the MAP Primary, which is specifically tailored to early learners.


When will my student be tested and how often?

Elementary School students are tested two times a year - in the fall and spring.

Middle School students are tested three times a year - in the fall, winter and spring.

  • September 26 - October 21, 2016 (Elementary and Middle Schools)

  • January 9 - February 3, 2017 (Middle School only)

  • May 8 - June 2, 2017 (Elementary and Middle Schools)

How much time do students spend taking MAP tests?

Students in grades 3-8 who take the exam will spend approximately one hour per day for three days completing the test.  MAP is not a timed test, so each student will complete the test at their own pace.

Younger students, in grades K-2, will spend approximately 15-30 minutes per day for four days completing the tests.


Do all students in the same grade take the same test?

No. This assessment is designed to target a student’s academic performance. These tests are tailored to an individual’s current achievement level. This gives each student a fair opportunity to show what he or she knows and can do. Because the computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions as the test progresses, each student takes a unique test. With this type of unique test, teachers are better able to measure individual student growth throughout the course of the school year and determine where each student may need additional instruction.


Why would students as young as Kindergarten need to be tested?

Early learners often begin school with a variety of educational experiences. Early identification of achievement levels by teachers is key to establishing an environment for early academic success. These tests will help teachers quickly identify the needs of K-2 students, from struggling to advanced learners.


What are the MAP test results used for?

MAP is used to measure a student’s progress or growth in school. They are important to teachers because they let teachers know where a student’s strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. Teachers use this information to help them guide instruction in the classroom.


Do these tests replace annual state testing?

No. These assessments will complement state tests routinely administered in the spring to students. The MAP tests are to be used as a guide for more tailored instruction. They are also aligned with the Common Core standards, the uniform curriculum standards all schools in New York state will be required to implement. Teachers in Cohoes are working hard to provide a smooth transition to the Common Core. The MAP testing is intended to help in this transition.


How can I help my child prepare for MAP testing?

-- Provide a comfortable, quiet place for studying at home.

-- Make sure that your child is well-rested on school days, especially the day of the test. Children who are tired are less able to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of a test.

-- Give your child a well-rounded diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind.

-- Provide books and magazines for your child to read at home. By reading new material, a child learns a new words that might appear on a test.

-- Meet with your child’s teacher as often as needed to discuss his or her progress. Parents and teachers working together benefits your child.


Where can I go for more information about MAP testing?

You can talk with your child’s teacher, contact Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, Peggy O'Shea, or go directly to the NWEA website at