• MAP Info for Robinson Parents to support their Robinson kids!

    As promised...more MAP info!

    As I shared in my overview letter last week, I will be sending updates on different aspects of the MAP test. This week, I provide some insight into the format of the test and what test items could look like.

    Please keep checking in with your student about how their MAP prep is going! Also a reminder that we need kids at school all 3 days of their testing window so we can support them in the most authentic setting ... their classroom, rather than taking the test with ME because they missed a session! Thanks for your help!

    Enjoy and feel free to send questions to your classroom teacher or myself.

    Jennifer Sisul

    What the heck is on these tests and what does it look like?

    The MAP tests have been purposefully designed to reflect the Missouri Learning Standards, a set of expectations for Missouri’s students in English Language Arts, Math and Science. Kirkwood’s curriculum, our expectations of kids and teachers, and the rubrics used to understand our report cards are all aligned with the MLS. These standardized tests, while only one measure of student achievement, thus reflect the teaching and learning we do throughout the year and can be used to inform our teaching at the school level and curriculum design at the district level. 

    The MAP tests are loaded with multiple choice items – but they also include a variety of short answer questions, reading passages and answering multiple questions, referring to a model and answering multiple questions and for our 4th graders, a pretty intense writing “performance event.” Each math section also includes a complex math performance event that requires them to apply multiple skills and understandings while answering a several step question.

    There will be similar spans of multiple choice questions on the ELA portion, most posed after reading a grade level text or comparing and contrasting two different reading excerpts. Our kids will need to answer a variety of questions to check their comprehension. 

    What can kids expect?

    The state helps us out by telling us the breakdown of what will be on each test and also providing released items from past tests for us to use with the kids for some practice.

    If you’d like to know more about the “blueprints,” click on Missouri MAP Grade-Level Blueprints .