In grades three through eight, reading and math NWEA MAP tests are administered in the fall and mid-spring of each school year, while language is only given in the spring. Spring of 2014 was the first year NPES administered this test. The mean RIT scores* from testing in the spring of 2015 showed that students at North Park are consistently scoring above grade level expectations in grades 3-8 (school grade level mean scores were higher than the norm grade level scores in a 2011 norming study completed by NWEA) in all subjects. Student RIT scores are used by teachers, along with other formal and informal assessments, for differentiation in instruction and to closely monitor student growth.
*Student MAP testing results are reported in RIT scores (short for Rasch Unit). A RIT score is an estimation of a student's instructional level and also measures student progress or growth in school. You may have a chart in your home on which you mark your child's height at certain times, such as on his or her birthday. This is a growth chart to show how much he or she has grown from one year to the next. MAP assessments do the same sort of thing, except they measure your student's growth in mathematics, reading, and language usage. The RIT scale is an equal-interval scale much like feet and inches on a yardstick. It is used to chart your child's academic growth from year to year. This type of score increases the value of the tests as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers to pinpoint what students have learned and what students are ready to learn.
Read the Curriculum Overview to learn key features of our programming and highlights of important focuses at each grade level.
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