MAP Testing Success
ISDenver takes a long-term view of educating our students. While many primary schools focus on preparing the best high-schooler, we focus on preparing the best life-long learner. Our programs are metacognitive and globally focused, teaching students how to learn, think critically, and embrace global perspectives. While we have long had anecdotal evidence of the success of our students, with regular testing that shows our students' abilities outpace those of their peers, we are proud to now couple peer-comparison data with feedback for individual students that fosters differentiation in learning.
ISD administered the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP)Test for the first time during the 2016-17 school year, in September and in April, to all 3rd-8th grade students. We are excited to share that the aggregate scores of each grade exceeded the national and international norms, and every grade showed demonstrable growth between the fall and spring trimesters.
"Thanks to these test results, we are evaluating our programs and strategies to further meet excellent standards. Our target language programs (French, Spanish and Mandarin) and our English program are working collaboratively to ensure all learners will be prepared with solid foundations," stated our Head of Student Services, Marzia Mauffrey.
"Our hope is that students become more involved in their learning as they analyze their strengths and weaknesses. We will begin to help them set their own goals from one assessment to another," added Kyra Gailis, Deputy Head of School and Director of Learning.
These results also reinforce the benefits of our powerful combination of language immersion and International Baccalaureate studies; students who attend ISDenver from K1 through Grade 8 exhibit remarkable achievement, particularly in their final years with us. Our students continue to accelerate their learning from the national and international norms as they grow and instruction in English increases to 50% of the day. For those who attend our Middle Years Programme (MYP), when instruction in English further increases to 80%, the ISDenver scores are significantly above the norm.
MAP is a particularly compelling assessment tool, as it provides live feedback that teachers and students alike can use to inform their lessons, and support our goal of challenging each student. "Even more important than knowing how our results compare with the world outside of ISDenver, is the fact that we now have more granular data to help our teachers differentiate within the class, and with each individual student, to fill in any gaps in learning. The immediate access to this information provides teachers with a clear road map as we end the school year," explained Interim Head of School David Magill.
Congratulations to our students, their families, and our faculty for a very successful first year of utilizing the Measure of Academic Progress assessment at ISDenver!
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