Originally Posted by waterfall
Me too! Two of mine went up 40 points! When those kids inevitably score lower in the spring (how do you top a 40 point gain?) does that mean I was doing such a great job teaching them in the fall, and then slacked off in the winter? The data that we got from MAPs doesn't match what I'm seeing in the classroom at all, and we spent practically a full week taking those stupid tests. My class did extremely well so I'm not just being bitter either...I still hate them!
Same. And I "like" data. I was trained in a very data-driven program. I've spent 3 years all about numbers numbers numbers!
I have since realized that you have to be cautious with individual tests. They are one data point. MAP is not useless, but it has its limitations. And it really is almost useless for SPED. There is very little authentic assessment that my kids take outside of my daily observation notes of them and their progress.
And the 28+ growth kid? In my books he's grown from about a mid-second grade reading level to a solid 3rd grade reading level. He still needs a ton of comprehension work, but he's got phonics down, which is helpful.
MAP's not gonna tell me all that.