Saint Thomas administers the MAPTM (Measures of Academic Progress) Standardized Tests twice yearly to students in grades 2-8. Testing occurs in October and April/May.
These tests help us learn how Saint Thomas is performing as a school. According to our MAPTM test results, in all but a few cases, Saint Thomas students:
This assessment is designed to target a student's academic performance in mathematics, reading, language arts and science. These tests are tailored to an individual's current achievement level, giving each student an opportunity to show what he or she knows and can do. Because the computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions as the test progresses, each student takes a unique test.
MAPTM tests results also help our teachers identify a student's strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. We also use the data to identify students who need targeted intervention, as well as students who are ready for our Enrichment program.
The scale MAPTM uses to measure students' academic progress is much like a growth chart that measures a child's physical growth from year to year. Called the RIT scale (Rasch unIT), it is an equal-interval scale much like feet and inches on a yardstick. It is used to chart a student's academic growth from year to year. RIT scores typically start at the 140 to 190 level in 3rd grade and progress to the 240 to 300 level by high school.
For more information about these tests, visit NWEA.