MAP Testing Dates

Dear Parents,

During the 2018-19 school year IST will transition from the ISA, International School Assessment, to the Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP). This external assessment comes from the US educational organization, Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). The ISAs were administered once a year with paper/pencil and needed to be sent off to be externally marked, leaving a large time gap between administration and results. The MAP will be administered twice a year (September and April). It is an online, adaptive test that will allow for results to used to determine student's instructional level and to measure academic growth from the very beginning of the school year in reading, language arts, and mathematics. MAP tests are unique in that the questions are adapted to your child's appropriate level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed.

The results of these tests are not for a grade and won't appear on the report card. IST believes that the data derived from this external assessment supports our school goals for attending to every child's individual growth and achievement. Through our shared conversations about personalized learning, we can have a positive effect on the lives of our students.

The week of September 3 Grades 6-10 will be testing and the weeks of September 10 & 17 grades 3-5 will participate in the testing. As with each school day, be sure your child has slept well, had a nutritious breakfast, comes to school with a positive attitude and is ready to learn. For more information on resources for parents, download the Parent Toolkit.

We would like to invite all IST parents to a parent coffee on Tuesday, 28 August on the ES campus at 7:15 am or on the SS campus at 1:30 pm to help provide you with more information about our standardized assessment program.

Kind regards,

Tina Fossgreen,

Director of Teaching and Learning,

email: tfossgreen@istafrica.com