During the weeks of October 5-14, our SK to Grade 8 students will take tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). This is our first year giving our students MAP tests. The purpose of these tests is to determine our students’ instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Math and Language. They will take the tests on a computer.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for the child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about the student’s growth. Over the next few days, the children will spend a total of about 120 -180 minutes completing these tests.

Going forward, students in SK – Grade 8 will take the tests in the Fall and Spring. At Meet the Teacher Night I spent some time explaining the purposes of the tests and how we will use the information obtained to promote student learning.

We are excited to increase our educational tools as we focus on every child’s growth and achievement. Partnering to help all kids learn, parents and teachers can have a profound positive effect on the lives of our children. Our students are image bearers of God, capable of responding to that responsibility and privilege of stewardship in all sorts of levels. As educators we are working to establish communities of care and support in our classrooms that are characterized by a growth mindset.

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact me. This is our first time through, we would love your prayers as we are hoping for a smooth learning curve, effective technology, and grace as our students and staff try something new.

Tanya Pennings
Interim Principal