District Letter Regarding MAP

Dear Family,

At Seattle Public Schools, our commitment is that every student will receive an excellent education. Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is one of the tools that supports our teachers as they work with each student. From mid-September to mid-October, Kindergarten – 9th grade students took the MAP assessment in the areas of reading and math.  Students enrolled in extra support classes in 10th – 12th grade also participated in the assessment in the subject area in which they receive support.

Seattle Public Schools uses a variety of tools to monitor academic growth. Some of these tools include daily assignments, grades, observations and tests. There is no single test that provides a complete picture of a student’s knowledge and skills.  A collection of different information can provide the clearest picture of student performance.

MAP scores, along with other assessments, are used to:

  • Provide teachers with information to improve student learning
  • Monitor academic growth and consistently track progress over time
  • Inform students, teachers and families
  • Make data-driven decisions about instruction
  • Predict performance on state tests such as the Measure of Student Progress(MSP) and the High School Proficiency Exam(HSPE)

Student scores are now available on The Source. This report summarizes his/her results and compares your student’s performance to other students across the nation (percentiles). Information on how your student performed on each strand is also included. Please contact your student’s teacher if you have questions about these scores.  He/she will be able to provide you with additional information about overall progress based on a variety of assessments and speak to how your student performs in specific skill areas.

For more information on the MAP assessment, visit http://www.seattleschools.org/area/mapassess/index.dxml.


Research, Evaluation & Assessment

Seattle Public Schools


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