ES: MAP testing this week


Dear Parents and Students:

Starting the week of September 05, SSIS students in grades 3, 4 and 5 will participate in an external standardized assessment called Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP). This assessment comes from the US educational organization, Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). The MAP tests allow us to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading, language arts, and mathematics. The testing schedule is as follows:

  • Grade 3 (all classes), grade 4 (Ross and Sylvester) and Grade 5: September 8, 13 & 15
  • Grade 4 (Heatwole):  September 6, 7 & 13

MAP tests are unique in that the questions are adapted to your child’s appropriate level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  

The results of these tests are not for a grade and won’t appear on the report card.  SSIS believes that the data derived from this external assessment supports our school goals for attending to every child’s individual growth and achievement. Through our shared conversations about student learning, we can have a profound positive effect on the lives of our children.

As with each school day, be sure you child has slept well, had a nutritious breakfast and comes to school with a positive attitude. For more information on resources for parents, download the Parent Toolkit.  

Individual MAP reports are scheduled to be distributed Tuesday, October 25, 2016.  Should you have questions please contact me by phone, ext 13100 or email

Thank you,

Tina Fossgreen

Tina Fossgreen

Curriculum Director