High-Value Testing Results in Real Progress

HCPSS students spend less time taking assessments than students in any other Maryland school system by relying on a limited number of carefully chosen assessments that deliver high value in tailoring instruction, improving the instructional program and identifying students ready for more challenging instruction.

HCPSS has had great success using Measures of Academic Performance (MAP), an adaptive test that gives specific, immediate feedback on each student’s learning pace. MAP identifies students who are struggling with certain concepts, as well as those who are ready to handle more accelerated instruction. Based on MAP data, last year the school system successfully moved 1,058 elementary school math students to a higher instructional level, where they have continued to thrive.

MAP aligns closely with Common Core standards, so ultimately teachers can use MAP data to make instructional decisions to better prepare all students for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment.

The school system also gives the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to every Grade 3 and 5 student to objectively identify candidates for Gifted and Talented (G/T) placement. As a result, HCPSS has successfully expanded G/T enrollment among Black and Hispanic students—two groups who are traditionally underrepresented in advanced-level classes.

To learn more about how HCPSS uses assessment data to enhance student progress, watch this video on MAP: http://www.hcpss.org/news-posts/2015/11/measures-of-academic-progress-map-assessment/.

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