MAP Testing in Schools


Provide research that proves MAP testing is interactive and adaptive. Identify the biggest criticisms for MAP testing, and ways to refute each criticism. Identify MAP testing results for Santa Fe Christian Schools in San Diego, CA, and show how these scores compare to other schools in San Diego.

Early Findings

Adaptive and Interactive

  • The MAP test is adaptive because the difficulty level of the questions adjusts to the students' ability as they move through the test. For example, if a student is answering incorrectly, easier questions will be provided.
  • The test is interactive in the same way — that it responds to the student's answers. Therefore, two students take the same test.

Criticisms & Rebuttle

  • One criticism of the MAP is that it takes too long to administer. In response, experts state that the test takes only an hour and only needs to be completed 2-3 times per year to provide instantaneous results that can help teachers effectively personalize their lessons for each student depending on availability level.
  • Another criticism of the MAP is that the NWEA company that creates the test is making huge profits from student testing. In response to this, the company states that they are a non-profit organization "driven by mission, not profits, and our earnings are reinvested in research and product enhancements. Further, all NWEA board members are volunteers and do not receive compensation for serving."

Santa Fe Christian Schools MAP Results

  • After a thorough search, we were unable to identify actual MAP results for Santa Fe Christian Schools or for other schools in San Diego. It appears that these results are only shared within the schools. We did identify a statement from Santa Fe Christian School administrators in 2015: "Compared to the national mean scores for the same test window, our students far surpass those of the national average. For instance, the 4th grade reading score is the same as the national average of 6th grade reading scores; two grade levels above the national average! This result is fairly typical throughout SFC’s results."
  • National data from 2015, the latest year for which data was available, can be found here.

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