What to expect with your daughter's report card

What to expect with your daughter's report card
Michael Hughes

Read what to expect when your daughter's Progress Report is sent home on Wednesday, and how to interpret the MAP data which will accompany the report. 

This coming Wednesday we will be posting your daughter's Progress Report for Semester 1 along with her Fall 2017 MAP results. The Progress Report provides a record of your daughter's achievements and details of her next steps in learning.  It is compiled by the homeroom and single-subject teachers and based on formative (ongoing) assessment, observations and evidence of student learning.  The general comment provides a qualitative summary of your daughter's approaches to learning, as well as her social and academic progress.  The MAP data that accompanies the report will provide a quantitative summary of your daughter's performance on the recent MAP standardized tests.  

MAP Test Results

Students will be taking MAP tests three times in a school year: once in the Fall, once in the Winter and once in the Spring. On Wednesday, you will receive your daughter's results for Mathematics and Reading MAP standardized tests taken in Fall/Autumn 2017.  Students in grades 3 and above will also receive results for Language Usage. These results will be in the form of RIT scores. 

RIT Scores

This score represents a student’s achievement level at a given moment and helps measure their academic growth over time. The RIT scale (see image, below) is a stable scale, like centimetres and metres, that accurately measures student performance, regardless of age, grades, or grade level. Like marking height on a growth chart, and being able to see how tall your child is at various points in time, you can also see how much they have grown between tests. 

The RIT Scale above shows the norm grade level means for schools (mainly in the USA) who administer MAP tests.  The information you receive on Wednesday will show your daughter's RIT score, the Norm Grade Level Means (mean score of students of the same age from the most recent RIT Scales Norms Study, mainly schools from the USA) and the District Grade Level Mean (mean score of students of the same age at Seisen).

Percentile Range (e.g. 92-95-97)

The number in the middle is this student's percentile rank, or the percentage of students that had a RIT score less than or equal to this student's score according to the most recent MAP RIT Scale Norms study. The numbers on either side of the percentile rank define the percentile range. If retested soon, this student's percentile rank would be within this range most of the time.

Putting it All Together

In this example, we can see that the sample student has a RIT score of 243 (the blue bar) for mathematics. This is higher than the District (Seisen) Grade Level Mean (223, orange bar) and the Norm (from the most recent MAP RIT Scale Norms study) Grade Level Mean (211, yellow bar).  She is in the 98th percentile for mathematics, meaning she has scored equal or greater than 98% of students her age who take the test (based on the most recent MAP RIT Scale Norms study).

If she were to take the test again in the same testing window, she would likely fall between the 97th and 99th percentiles (hence the 97-98-99 percentile range).  The Mathematics Goals Performance show us she also scored in the high (80th and above) percentiles for the four different areas tested (operations and algebraic thinking; measurement and data; number and operations; geometry).  Her predicted/projected RIT score for mathematics in Spring 2018 is 253, so she is expected to increase her RIT score by ten points by the time she takes the test again in the Spring.

We will be sending detailed information home with the reports that will enable you to interpret your daughter's results in depth.  Please contact your child's homeroom teacher if you have any questions about the results or the progress report. 

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