What is so important about MAP Growth?
Leisa Morton-Standish, PhD
Director of Elementary Education
Dr. Leisa Morton-Standish is the Director of Elementary Education at the North American Division.
She has taught in small rural schools as well as in large urban schools. She has taught on the east and west coasts of the U.S, both in and out of the Adventist education system, and overseas. She has also spent a considerable part of her career teaching at universities, including the University of Maryland, Washington Adventist University and Macquarie University.
Leisa holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland, an MA in Education from California State University and a Diploma in Education from Avondale College.
Leisa is committed to Christ and the ideals of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Her first love is the classroom where she can share her passion for learning and her love for Jesus.
Teachers and administrators are now looking at how they can get the most out of their MAP Growth assessment data and refining administrative procedures.
Test in the Fall, Winter and Spring
NWEA recommends testing three times a year. Why so many times?
Integrating MAP Growth Testing into the school day
The MAP Growth testing is taking too much time.
MAP Growth testing administration is flexible. The testing window in Fall, Winter and Spring is two weeks. Schools do not need to block out three days of the school year to test students. Each test is untimed but should only take 45 – 75 minutes.
How do I use the Data?
Make the most of your data. You have free professional development at your fingertips. Here are five suggested free trainings from NWEA on using MAP data:
Free Information on MAP Reports
Free Video on Student Profile Report
Free Video on Learning Continuum
Resources on understanding Growth and Norms
A MAP data information session, specifically targeted for our Multigrade teachers, but helpful to everyone, is available on ALC
Free recorded webinars are available on this page:
Scroll down to see the full list.
To get started using your MAP Growth results, follow these key steps:
To learn details about the data in each report, see MAP Report Details.
t’s exciting to hear teachers’ comments, like the one below, about the implementation of Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth assessments in NAD schools.
How long is too long ...
“We did our second MAP test for math yesterday. My students had SO MUCH growth!! It was an average overall gain of 7.4 points per student. Math is not my area of confidence, but I’ve been doing my best. I’m so excited about these results!!”
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