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Fifth-graders Tia Macioce, Audrey Wood and Kami Benvin work in the computer lab at St. John Bosco school in this file photo. Students as young as third grade used computers throughout last school year to complete Measures of Academic Progress testing. Their scores, for the most part, came back the highest yet. (courtesy photo)

There’s a test St. John Bosco students take that no other students in the Diocese of Phoenix reportedly take and the latest round of results are the highest yet. Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing provides what its name implies using computer adaptive assessment in math, reading and language.

The assessment is from the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and used in more than 532 schools in 140 countries. St. John Bosco’s fourth grade through 8th grade students scored in the 89th to the 99th percentile.

See MAP testing results

Scores reflect the results of MAP testing in May. The assessment is conducted three times each school year. It’s designed to adapt to each student’s level of learning, regardless of grade level, providing an informative tool for teachers to further differentiated instruction in the classroom.

“MAP is used as a national norm test at schools across the country and internationally to pinpoint individual student progress and achievement,” said Marie Axman, Ed.D., principal, St. John Bosco. “We are extremely proud of our students for their significant strides and top scores. Our teachers, math specialist and literacy coach are to be commended for helping students reach their highest potential.”

Fourth grade through 8th grade students scored in the 99th percentile in language. In math, 6th graders scored in the 98th percentile and 4th graders scored in the 89th percentile. Third graders showed improvement across all areas, excelling in language in the 92nd percentile.

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