MAP testing

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian:

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Students in grades 6-8 and some high school students will take the MAP Growth test at least two times this school year. The Nebraska Department of Education provides the MAP to school districts so that they can measure student readiness to learn and growth in reading and math prior to the state assessments. LPS uses the MAP Reading, Math, and Language Usage tests for this purpose and to fulfill the state requirement that elementary and middle school students take a norm-referenced achievement test. Teachers and administrators will work together to use the results to help plan instruction for students.


MAP Growth is an online, adaptive test. The difficulty adjusts to meet each student’s achievement level. If your student answers a question correctly, the next question is more difficult. If he/she answers incorrectly, the next one is easier. For this reason, it is not possible for students to go back and change previous answers. Each test takes about 50 minutes for students to complete, but students will be allowed sufficient time (up to two hours) for each test. Because it is important to balance time spent testing with instructional time, students who take more than two hours on one test will not complete that test or receive a score. MAP test results will be shared with families as soon as they are available. Students will also take the Nebraska State Assessment (NSCAS) in late March/early April.


Following are the MAP Growth testing dates for our school:

Winter: December 6-14, in reading, and January 14-25, in math and language usage

Spring (middle school reading students only): May 6-17, in math and reading


During these testing periods, we encourage you to make sure your children are in school unless they are ill. The best preparation for these tests is to come to school well rested with a positive attitude toward taking the tests. It is important your child do their best on these tests so that LPS teachers and administrators have accurate information about your child’s knowledge and skills for instructional planning.

If you have further questions, please contact your child’s teacher or the main office.


Michaela Hahn

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