Important Updates for 2018-2019 School Year

Good afternoon,

As you plan for the fall, we have gathered some important information to keep in mind that will assist in ensuring that next year’s MAP testing runs smoothly.

  • On June 22, your Fall 2018 rosters will be uploaded to your BOX folder. These will need to be updated with new student enrollment and class assignments. Visit: https://csotechteam.weebly.com/roster-guide.html for more information on how to update your roster. For schools participating in RenWeb, you will NOT need to roster. We will instead roster for you.

  • Due to the comments we received on the CSO End of Year Survey as well as our daily communications with all of you, next year only the Winter Map Testing will be optional. This will allow teachers, proctors and principals more time to dive deeper into using the data as an instructional tool. Throughout the next school year, we will be offering a variety of ways to assist you in having meaningful discussions around data and it can help you make informed decisions that will help your students to grow in their learning.

Here are the MAP Testing Window dates for next year:

Fall: September 4 to October 5, 2018

Winter: January 7 to February 8, 2019 (Optional)

Spring: April 29 to May 31, 2019

We will be holding several Proctor Seminars to address some of the requested areas for professional development next year:

August 29, 2018 Webinar

September 14, 2018 Webinar

January 3, 2019 Webinar

March 4, 2019 Face to face

March 5, 2019 Face to face

  • We have had some questions about providing accommodations. If students have accommodations listed on their IEP, then those should be in place during their MAP testing. For those who may have missed our previous updates, there is now the option of activating the text to speech option.

Here are the instructions on how to set it up:

Please note that any student who uses this option will require headphones during their testing session(s).

To enable the built-in text-to-speech functionality on a MAP Growth assessment for a student:

  1. Create or open a test session as normal and assign the test to a student.
  2. Select the students you wish to assign text-to-speech to.
  3. Select the Accommodations button.
  4. In the Embedded Designated Features section, select Text-to-speech. Note that text-to-speech is not supported for K-2.
  5. Select Assign at the bottom of the screen.
  6. When the student starts their test, they will see the text-to-speech buttons in the toolbar.

  • As you think about preparing for next year, please keep these important technical updates in mind:

As part of their efforts to improve MAP Growth over time, and to ensure you have a secure and flawless testing experience, NWEA® must occasionally stop supporting older browsers and operating systems. For the next school year, some older operating systems and browsers will no longer be usable for MAP Growth testing. Please review the operating systems at your workstations and make any necessary upgrades prior to fall testing to ensure a smooth testing experience.

Operating systems that will not be permitted for MAP Growth testing starting in July 2018:

Mac OSX 10.9

Mac OSX 10.10

Operating systems that will no longer be supported starting in July 2018 and not permitted for MAP Growth testing starting in November 2018:

iOS 9

Browsers no longer permitted for testing starting in July 2018:

Safari 7 and 8 (minimum version allowed is 9)

Firefox version 57 or lower (minimum version allowed is 58)

Chrome version 64 or lower (minimum version allowed is 65)

Lockdown browsers (Secure Testing Browsers) released prior to 2018 will no longer be permitted for Map Growth testing starting in July 2018. The minimum allowed versions will be:

Windows LDB Version from February 2018 (A new version became available in June 2018. We recommend that you update to the June version as soon as possible.)

Mac LDB Version

Chromebook App Version 3.0.1

iPad App Version 3.1

  • A very high level of student rapid-guessing can invalidate a test.

At the end of every MAP Growth test event, an automatic data quality control process determines if a test score should be considered untrustworthy. Currently such factors as too short of a test duration, too high SEM, and other factors will cause a test event to be invalidated. Beginning July 21, 2018 test events in which 30% or more of the items received rapid guesses will be flagged as invalid. Unlike test duration, which is generic across all items, rapid-guessing detection is based on the amount of time required to read, understand, and answer each unique item.

You can find out more about student testing engagement and rapid-guessing here.

As always, please feel free to contact our team if you should have any questions or concerns.

Have a great start to the new school year!

Amy, Annie & Livia