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MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child's academic growth. This assessment is used in over 3,500 schools worldwide. There are 8 schools in Kuwait who are currently using MAP Assessments to monitor their student’s progress.

MAP was developed by the NWEA™ (Northwest Evaluation Association), a global not-for profit educational services organization located in Portland, Oregon. NWEA provides research-based adaptive assessments, professional development, and research services. The research behind MAP assessments was driven by the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing that were developed jointly by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Psychological Association (APA), and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME).

To ensure test reliability, validity, and fairness across all populations tested, the NWEA Research team regularly conducts a variety of studies and analyses such as: pool depth analysis, test validation, comparability studies, and Differential Item Functioning (DIF) monitoring item quality to ensure that functioning remains constant across subgroups of students when ability is controlled.

Students enrolled at AUS in grades 2 - 10 are assessed three times per year with the MAP Assessment. Students are assessed in Math, Reading, and Language Usage. MAP assessments are important to teachers because they keep track of student academic progress and growth in specific skills. They let teachers know where a student’s strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. Teachers use this information to help them guide instruction in the classroom. The American United School of Kuwait strives to exceed the national standard in grade level assessments. We will work collaboratively with parents to help students reach their highest level of academic achievement.

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