Student Achievement

Let's Re-Think How We Test Students

The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test is already used by hundreds of schools around the state. It's developed by a private company, the Northwest Evaluation Association. It's correlated to our standards. The results are immediate.

 

Beyond that, though, the potential savings--given that it's computer based, we wouldn't need a staff member in every school and district to process the old WASL/MSP paperwork. Instead of pouring more money into OSPI to move towards computerized testing, why not just adopt a perfectly good computerized test that we already have available? The annual allocation for the testing we do now is tens of millions of dollars, and that doesn't take into account the local costs to districts. The MAP would be a much better way.

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