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National Testing

Northwest Evaluation Association

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)


MAP tests are aligned with the Minnesota state standards, determine a student’s instructional level, and measure academic growth in the areas of Reading and Mathematics. MAP tests are administered on the computer and are adaptive, meaning that the test items became more difficult after a student answers items correctly and easier after a student answers incorrectly, thus targeting his or her learning level. With a computer-adaptive test, we can measure a student’s instructional level and growth whether they are performing below grade level, at grade level, or well above grade level. More information and directions on how to access your child’s scores are available here on MAP testing.

Standards-Based Grading

In education, the term "standards-based" refers to systems of instruction, assessment, grading, and academic reporting that are based on students demonstrating understanding or mastery of the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn as they progress through their education.


In a school that uses standards-based approaches to educating students, learning standards—i.e., concise, written descriptions of what students are expected to know and be able to do at a specific stage of their education—determine the goals of a lesson or course, and teachers then determine how and what to teach students so they achieve the learning expectations described in the standards.


To express a student’s level of understanding or mastery in a skill area, teacher’s articulate levels of proficiency in each area rather than utilizing a traditional percentage grading system that often does not adequately relate a students proficiency level.

Accelerated Reader

Move students forward confidently.


The biggest advancement ever in the nation’s most widely used K12 reading program, Accelerated Reader 360 helps teachers meet key educational shifts with new tools they can use within their existing literacy blocks. The program continues to do what educators love. It motivates students to grow as goal-focused readers and enables teachers to set and monitor personalized goals. Yet, it adds new capabilities by layering instructional skills practice into leveled nonfiction articles.

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