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Document Type

Research Study

Publication Date

Spring 2018


The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a computerized adaptive test, unlike a traditional test in which, students have the same questions with a predefined amount of time to take the exam. In the MAP test, each student has a different set of questions, which varies on responses to earlier questions. In fact, if the student gives the correct answer to a question, the next questions will be harder. The opposite occurs as well: if a student gives an incorrect answer, the next questions become easier. The MAP test is used to see if a student is on –track for grade level expectations. It is a great tool for teachers to see the level of their students, so they can meet each student’s special needs. Moreover, teachers can see the progress of each student, and also of the entire class. The MAP test is also a great indicator of how well a school performs.

The study focuses on Math score and the duration of the MAP test by students from the Sauk Rapids-Rice schools. The Sauk Rapids-Rice School District uses five categories: Low, At-Risk, On-Track, High and 95% High. The score ranges change depending on the grade and test seasons. From one season to another and also from one grade to another one, the score ranges change because students are supposed to be improving from one season to another, and from one grade to another.

The following research questions are investigated:

What is the relationship between the duration of the MAP test, as taken by the student, and the score achieved by the student?

Is there any relationship between the gender of a student, the score achieved and the duration?

What is the relationship between socioeconomic status, duration and score?