My school is looking at using either AIMSWEB or NWEA MAPS testing this year. I am on the maps site now and can't tell if there is a progress monitoring feature. I really like the aimsweb progresss monitoring.
If you use these assessments could you help me out?
For fourth grade, the NWEA gives you much more information than AIMS does. We just started using AIMS this past year, and it only shows reading fluency, which is great for the younger classes. It was a waste of time for me. I much prefer NWEA.
NWEA will monitor their progress everytime they take the test. It shows their growth and typical growth expected too. We have taken the test for two years now, one in fall and one in spring, and we have all data for that time for each student that have taken the test. We take these tests from 2-8 with some HS taking them. I like the reports we recieve from the NWEA Maps. They only thing is you can not compare the Primary test with the other.
I have used aimsweb for a year and it is very limited. Its fluency is strickly word call not a true measure of fluency....Comp is measured by a cloze format not a true measure of comprehension more a measure of vocab knowledge in context. Math is based on speed...Haven't decided if that is a true measure of a students mathematical knowledge....I do like that the assessments are short...
Thank you for all the feedback! I think at this point I am leaning more toward MAPS...my last question (for now) is...can students take the test more than 2 or 3 times a year? possibly at in the beginning of the year and then at the end of every quarter (so around 5 times?)
I'm not sure you would want or need to have them take it more than 2-3 times per year.
We originally had students take it twice per year, and then we moved to three times per year. We really saw no difference in student progress or teacher interventions when we added the third test. If anything, it took from our instructional time. It was taking at least an hour per test, and we tested in five areas.
Another plus to MAPs is that it can be synched with our state testing so students can practice skills on the computer at their level. Not sure if this is a feature we have because we paid extra, or if everyone has it. But last year, it was a nice perk for the ISATs (IL)
I, too, find Aimsweb much more appropriate for the younger grades.
Can someone help me understand how to use the data? My 5th graders will test early fall. From this MAPS data, how do you the data to guide instruction? Does anyone do rit band instruction? Do you do individual student goal setting? TY!