Last month DeKalb students started taking MAP assessments.
As discussed in DeKalb’s New Assessment Tests the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments will replace the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS), components of the the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Renaissance’s STAR Early Literacy, STAR Reading and STAR Math.
Lisa Martin is DeKalb Schools’ new Chief Academic and Accountability Officer. Knox Phillips is the Director of Research, Assessments, and Grants at the DeKalb County School District. Lisa Martin and Knox Phillps help us understand “How to Qualify for Gifted Services”.
How to Qualify for Gifted Services
Will NWEA MAP be used to qualify students as gifted?
Dr. Lisa Martin: The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will utilize the Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) as the initial assessment towards gifted identification beginning with the 2016-2017 school year for students in grades K-10. Students who score > 90% RT (Reading Total) or > 90% MT (Math To-tal) on the nationally norm-referenced assessment (MAP) will take additional gifted formal evaluations.
Can we get NWEA MAP and Qualifying for Gifted Services into the new website?
Dr. Lisa Martin: The communication plan includes publishing the information on the District’s website, sharing the gifted eligibility process via Outlook 365 with school leaders and teachers, and sending information to parents/guardians through local schools.
Dr. Lisa Martin mentioned MAP is the initial assessment towards gifted identification. What is the rest of process and timeline for gifted identification?
Knox Phillips: The process and timeline is included both in the [below] flowchart as well the [timeline below]. The Renzulli Tool will be used by teachers to assess both creativity and motivation.
Does MAP evaluate cognitive abilities?
Knox Phillips: MAP does not evaluate cognitive abilities. Students who meet the criteria via MAP assessments for norm-reference performance will be indi-vidually assessed for cognitive abilities via the CogAT assessment with parent contact and consent – CogAT and Renzulli are components of the Gifted Formal Assessments illustrated in the flow chart.
Map assessments will end on Sept 13, 2016. After K-10 students complete the MAP assessment, local schools will analyze the data to identify students who are eligible for further evaluation. Each student’s MAP Score Report, applicable notification letter, and supporting documents will be sent to parents/guardians on or around these dates
• Sept 19 – 23, 2016: Identify students who are eligible for further evaluation by scoring > 90% RT (Reading Total) and/or > 90% MT (Math Total)
• Sept 19 – 23, 2016: Identify students who are eligible for gifted services
• Sept 26 – 30, 2016: Send MAP Score Report, appropriate notification letter, and supporting documents to parent/guardians
MAP-Gifted Referral and Eligibility Process Chart