NWEA MAPs Assessment

Assessment, Math

On Monday my students will take the MAPs math assessment.  We’re in our fourth year of using this assessment as a district.

I actually look forward to taking this assessment in winter and spring.  We take it in the fall too, but it’s somewhat of a painful experience, as our first graders aren’t very familiar with using Chromebooks (their mouse skills aren’t developed yet).  However, by winter and spring it’s a different story.  They’re more fluent and have better command of the keyboard and mouse pad!

maps 1

I created a SMARTboardf file that I use with my class prior to the MAPs assessments.

download-icon Download the SMARTboard file!

It has the expectations slide that is used year round, as well as an added slide that compares the MAPs assessment with the Sumdog math resource that we use on a daily basis.  We use this slide during the winter and spring test.  It was created to draw attention to the similarities and differences between the two.

maps 2

When you open the file, you’ll notice two pages that are the same.  One is a recorded screen cast of the Venn Diagram (just press play) and the second you can edit an move the words yourself.

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  • Trace
    February 6, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Do you use sum dog daily? Do you feel it helps map scores?

    • Jessica Meacham
      February 14, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      The kids have an option to use it daily, if a computer is available. We have 2-3 sessions and 4 Chromebooks available. We also have 4 ipads, so it can be played on those too. MOST of the kids LOVE Sumdog. I do think it helps with any type of assessment. When I was doing some AVMR (math recovery) assessing, and also our grade level screener assessment, the kids would often say that they knew the answer because of Sumdog or XtraMath (for addition problems). Another way it helps is because of the mouse skills it fosters. Our MAPs in September was so painful for me and them because of the lack of mouse skills.