• Math RIT Links to Khan Academy Links
• Reading RIT Practice Links
Can I help my child prepare for a MAP Test?
In a word, no. Because each test it tailored to your child’s instructional level, MAP Tests assess the optimal instructional level for your child. Because every child is different so is every MAP test. However, below are some suggestions to help strengthen your child’s Language, Reading Skills and Math:
* Ways to help your child with Language Usage:
• Talk to your child and encourage him or her to engage in conversation during family activities.
• Give a journal or diary as a gift.
• Help your child write a letter to a friend or family member. Offer assistance with correct grammar usage and content.
• Have a “word of the week” that is defined every Monday. Encourage your child to use the new word throughout the week.
• Plan a special snack or meal and have your child write the menu.
• After finishing a chapter in a book or a magazine article, have your child explain his or her favorite event.
* Ways to help your child with Reading:
• Provide many opportunities for your child to read books or other materials. Children learn to read best when they have books and other reading materials at home and plenty of chances to read. Read aloud to your child. Research shows that this is the most important activity that parents can do to increase their child’s chance of reading success. Keep reading aloud even when your child can read independently.
• Make time for the library.
• Play games like Scrabble, Spill and Spell, Scattergories, and Balderdash together.
• Follow your child’s interest–find fiction and nonfiction books that tie into this interest.
• Work crossword puzzles with your child.
• Give a magazine subscription for a gift.
* Ways to help your child with Mathematics:
• Spend time with kids on simple board games, puzzles, and activities that encourage better attitudes and stronger mathematics skills. Even everyday activities such as playing with toys in a sandbox or in a tub at bath time can teach children mathematics concepts such as weight, density, and volume. Check your television listings for shows that can reinforce mathematics skills in a practical and fun way.
• Encourage children to solve problems. Provide assistance, but let them figure it out themselves. Problem solving is a lifetime skill.
• The kitchen is filled with tasty opportunities to teach fractional measurements, such as doubling and dividing cookie recipes.
• Point out ways that people use mathematics every day to pay bills, balance their checkbooks, figure out their net earnings, make change, and how to tip at restaurants. Involve older children in projects that incorporate geometric and algebraic concepts such as planting a garden, building a bookshelf, or figuring how long it will take to drive to your family vacation destination.
• Children should learn to read and interpret charts and graphs such as those found in daily newspapers. Collecting and analyzing data will help your child draw conclusions and become discriminating readers of numerical information.
* Web Sites for Kids and Parents
• www.aaamath.com Math practice and activities
• www.coolmath.com Interactive math games
• www.funbrain.com Great site for kids
• www.aplusmath.com A+ Math
• www.mathforum.org/dr.math/ Ask Dr. Math
• www.ixl.com IXL Mathematics
• www.edhelper.com Help for all subjects
• www.funbrain.com Language Arts games and more
• www.raz-kids.com Leveled reading for children
• www.merriam-webster.com Merriam Webster Word Game of the Day
• www.vocabulary.com Vocabulary activities
• www.superkids.com/aweb/tools/words Vocabulary builders
• www.lexile.com Lexile Framework
* Commonly Used MAP Terms:
• District Average–The average RIT score for all students in the school district in the same grade who were tested at the same time as this student.
• Norm Group Average–The average score observed for students in the norm group.
• Percentile Range–Percentiles are used to compare one student’s performance to that of the norm group. Percentile means the student scored as well as or better than that percent of students taking the test in his/her grade. There is about a 68% chance that a student’s percentile ranking would fall within this range if the student tested again relatively soon.
• Percentile Rank–The percentile rank is a normative statistic that indicates how well a student performed in comparison to the students in the norm group. The most recent norm sample was a group of over 2.8 million students from across the United States. A student’s percentile rank indicates that the student scored as well as, or better than, the percent of students in the norm group. In other words, a student with a percentile rank of 72 scored as well as, or better than 72% of the students in the norm group.
• RIT–Tests developed by NWEA use a scale called RIT to measure student achievement and growth. RIT stands for Rasch UnIT, which is a measurement scale developed to simplify the interpretation of test scores. The RIT score relates directly to the curriculum scale in each subject area. It is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, so scores can be added together to calculate accurate class or school averages. RIT scores range from about 100 to 280. Students typically start at the 180 to 200 level in the third grade and progress to the 220 to 260 level by high school. RIT scores make it possible to follow a student’s educational growth from year to year.
• Standards–Standards are statements, developed by states or districts, of what students should know and be able to do, related to specific academic areas.