Dear SST Awesome Parents,

The NWEA MAP assessment begins on Wednesday, April 21 for K thru 2nd grades and April 26 for 3rd thru 8th graders. Each grade level will be taking specific tests. Please see below to see what your child will be taking.


What is an NWEA MAP assessment?


NWEA stands for Northwest Evaluation Association. NWEA is a non-profit organization that has assessed over 4.5 million students. NWEA has a presence in 49 foreign countries, 50 states, and 3400 districts. MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress. MAP is an online assessment that is aligned to the Common Core standards.

Why is it important to teachers and students?


MAP tests are important to teachers because they keep track of progress and growth in basic skills in either Math, Reading, Language, and Science. The test scores let teachers know where a student’s strengths are OR if help might be needed in any specific areas. Teachers use this information to help guide individual and group instruction in the classroom. Grade levels, subject areas, schools, and the district will use results to continue to improve teaching and learning and helping each student grow as much as they can.

Please see which tests your child will be taking:

Kindergarten-1st will be taking Reading and Math

2nd-5th will be taking Reading, Math, and Language

6-8th will be taking Reading, Math, Language, and Science

The exact dates of each subject will be shared by homeroom teachers.


NWEA (MAP) Testing Next Week Get Ready!

NWEA test is a nationwide computerized test. It is an individualized assessment tool. It is interactive. Questions are arranged in a way that your child answers them right or wrong. If your child answers the question right then the questions will be harder and harder.

In the end, the system will tell us if your child is on grade level, or above grade level, or below grade level.

This test is not for a grade. We will ask our parents to help us out for our students to take the test seriously so that we can get accurate data about your child’s academic level.


Here is some advice to our parents about testing!


The Night Before the Testing:


·Visualization: Have a conversation with your child about what the day will look like.

·Get a good night's sleep. Kids need a full 8 hours of sleep.

·Self-Talk: give your child a few phrases that can motivate him/her "I just need to do my best!" "I can do it." "Stay cool."

·Answer any fears or questions your child might have.

·Prepare your child’s snacks, pencils, clothes, etc. the night before.

· Remind your child to remain focused and no talking/playing during the test


On The Testing Day


·Eat a good, healthy breakfast.

·Do relax activities like taking deep breaths, tensing muscles, and then relaxing them, talking about something unrelated to the Test.

·Arrive early to school. (Testing will start ASAP)

·Wear layers so your child is comfortable at any temperature.

·Remain calm and positive.

Good luck to our dolphins!