Measures of Academic Progress (MAP Growth) Assessments Replace Previous Norm-Referenced Assessment Programs


Spring Branch ISD has a long-standing history of using norm-referenced assessments to determine the academic achievement of students and empower teachers to respond to student learning in ways that help every child reach his/her fullest potential. In the recent past, these assessments included the Stanford and Aprenda and the Iowa and Logramos. Based on feedback from parents, teachers, administrators, and the community more broadly, we have been looking for a better assessment tool to provide better information about student learning far more quickly and with less instructional time spent assessing instead of teaching.


 After careful consideration and two years of thoughtful piloting, SBISD is shifting our norm-referenced assessment to the Measures of Academic Progress – or MAP Growth.  Three schools piloted MAP Growth in 2015-2016 school year and the pilot expanded to 23 schools in 2016-17.  This year, all elementary and middle school campuses will participate in the Reading and Math portions of MAP Growth. This replaces Iowa and Logramos as well as the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). By making this change, we reduce the overall time students spend testing, and teachers will receive data about student learning faster so they can personalize instruction to meet students’ learning needs.


 Students at Nottingham Elementary will take the fall MAP Growth assessments at the beginning of the school year. MAP Growth is a computer-adaptive test students will take three times per school year. MAP Growth helps schools and teachers know what your child is ready to learn at any point in time. Feedback from teachers during the pilot is that they could see the progress of individual students and of their class as a whole. Principals and administrators shared that they were able to see the progress of a grade level, school, or the entire district.


 Since students with similar MAP Growth scores are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, teachers are better able to plan instruction. MAP Growth also provides typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject, and have the same starting performance level. This data can be used to help students set goals and understand what they need to learn to achieve their goals. Teachers receive results within about 24 hours that show what students know and what they are ready to learn. The results can be used to help personalize lessons at the appropriate level for the students. Nottingham Elementary will administer assessments in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.


The MAP Growth tests include multiple choice, drag-and-drop, and other types of questions. You can view a WarmUp Test ( to get an idea of what the questions look like.