MAP Testing

MAP Testing
Carol Piraino, Associate Head of School and Chief Academic Officer

In early March, Hausner will administer the MAP ® Growth™ test of Mathematics and Reading Comprehension from NWEA ® to students in grade 2-8. We are introducing these tests on a pilot basis and have committed to administering it this March and again in May.

Previously Hausner gave the ERB CTP assessment to students. We discontinued use of this assessment in 2017 having found that the value of the data generated by this assessment was not worth the significant expenditure of time and effort required. In place of the ERB, we have used the Fountas and Pinnell Reading Benchmark assessment, mid- and end-of year mathematics assessments, and teacher-developed writing assessments in all grades. 

While we have found these assessments to be valuable in measuring student progress and providing us with needed feedback on the effectiveness of our instructional practices and curriculum, we have continued to search for a standardized assessment that would allow us to reliably measure student progress over time and compare our student growth data to typical growth data for students who are in the same grade and subject.  

We have chosen to pilot the MAP ® Growth™ test from NWEA ® because we believe it will offer a low-stress experience for our students and generate accurate, actionable data for our instructional teams. The tests are short  (total testing time for the math and reading test is 90 minutes) and adaptive which means that if your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. The results are also available to the teachers very soon after students complete the tests.

Your child’s teacher will share the specific testing schedule for their class later this month. If your child misses the tests, we will schedule a make-up time for them. If your child receives accommodations in the classroom such as extra time on tests or a separate setting for tests, they will receive these accommodations on the tests as well. If you have any questions about this please contact your child’s case manager or Shiry Zamir,

Following each testing period, you will receive a Family Report showing a summary of how your child is performing academically. 

Our teachers will be trained on how to administer the testing during our professional development day on February 21.

If you have any questions about the MAP testing, please feel free to contact the Director of Lower School Smita Kolhatkar, the Director of Upper School Jody Passanisi, or me.

In appreciation, 

Carol Piraino
Associate Head of School and Chief Academic Officer