GRACE Provides Academic Excellence
Measured through National Assessment Tool

GRACE offers high caliber academics in a supportive and challenging environment.  Our individualized education provides the ideal environment for achievement of significant academic progress.  GRACE students achieve academic excellence as demonstrated in their daily learning experiences and measured through standardized testing.

Many area schools, including GRACE, use the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) to test students’ academic abilities. MAP is a national assessment tool from the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) that makes predictions about students’ college readiness as measured by EXPLORE, PLAN and ACT.

NWEA Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) tests present students with engaging, age-appropriate content. As a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty.   As a result of NWEA tests, educators can make informed decisions to promote your child’s academic growth.

MAP scores reveal that GRACE students excel in math, reading, language usage and science:

  • GRACE students, overall, perform above the national norm in math, reading and science.
  • As an overall GRACE system, students perform above the national average in math, reading, language usage and science.
  • GRACE students are well prepared for high school performing at the average of the 90th percentile in all subject areas tested.
  • GRACE students strive to reach their full potential by achieving growth targets more often than 80% of the students across the nation by eighth grade.
  • GRACE students are growing at a faster rate than national norms by the time they reach eighth grade

When does MAPS testing occur?

MAPS testing occurs three times a year (Fall, Winter and Spring) for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.  The Fall results help determine strengths and weaknesses and curricular areas in need of focus.  Winter testing provides a “checkpoint ” for the students tested to determine if any mid-term adjustments are required.  Spring testing provides a measure of student progress over the course of the year.

Each semester, GRACE families receive their student’s individual NWEA MAP Student Progress Report accompanied by an explanatory summary letter.

What subject areas are tested?

  • Kindergarten and first grade students take a reading and math computer-based test with audio.  (Estimated total test time: 90 minutes)
  • Second and third grade students take a reading, math and language arts computer-based test.   (Estimated total test time: 180 minutes)
  • Fourth through eighth grade students take a reading, math, language arts and science computer based test.  (Estimated total test time: 240 minutes)

Does every student take the same test?

No.  MAP assessments are designed to measure individual student’s academic performance.  Each test is unique, and the questions are based on the student responses and current achievement level.  The computer adjusts the difficulty level of the questions as the test progresses.  Because each test is unique, teachers are better able to assess student progress over the course of the year and determine where students may need additional instruction.

See GRACE in Action today!  Schedule a visit at any of our schools to take a school tour and meet with our principals.

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