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      MAP Assessment may be coming to QPS

      In the 2014- 2015 school year, students in grades three through eight will more than likely be taking a new test that tailors learning to them.

      It is called the MAP Assessment.

      "It is an interim assessment that is used to measure student growth over time, so our students do the MAP assessment on a computer and it is adaptive," Carol Frericks, Secondary Academic Director for Quincy Public Schools, said.

      That means the test will change itself to the student's responses as the student takes the test. For example, if a student answers a question right, the test will present more on the subject and make it more challenging.

      This will allow teachers to understand individual student's needs.

      This past school year, Quincy Public Schools tested the assessment on seventh graders and the district received some good feedback.

      "When I was a third grade teacher my kids didn't talk about ISAT, my kids didn't talk about Stanford, but kids are talking about this, they're seeing direct implications of what they did on that test at that moment and they are getting their answers right away," Julie Stratman, Elementary Academic Director for Quincy Public Schools, said.

      Stratman says as a parent it TMs nice to hear her daughter talk positively about school.

      "Actually, I really liked it, my daughter really likes taking the test, right when she came home she knew exactly what she got on test the first time she took it in the fall," Stratman said.

      "So when she took it in the winter and in the spring she came home right away this is what I got on the MAP test mom and I grew this much and was really excited about that growth," Stratman said.

      QPS currently uses the Stanford test. The district has to pay for supplies and to also send the test off to be graded.

      The MAP Assessment is cheaper because the results appear after students take the test.

      However, not all schools have computer labs and that poses a problem for the school district. The district is currently in the process of revising its approach to technology.

      Frericks and Stratman hope the school district will adopt the new test method for the upcoming school year.

      They believe it will help the students in the long run.