A Parents Guide to MAP

External Assessments at ISI


MAP – Tests that Adapt to the Student


MAP assessments were introduced at ISI in the Fall of 2010, and are overseen by our MAP Coordinator, Ann Thorsson.


Ann and other ISI staff members have attended several training sessions abroad in order to learn how to implement and interpret the assessments effectively. MAP, which stands for Measures of Academic Progress, are computer-adaptive assessments administered by our learning partners, NWEA. They are a way of measuring student progress in mathematics, English language usage and English reading comprehension. They adjust to the individual student‘s cababilities; therefore, no two tests are the same. MAP is used worldwide, including in more than 300 international schools. Most ISI students in grades 2-7 take MAP tests in the Fall and Spring of each academic year. The assessments were realigned to the Common Core standards in 2013 to reflect ISI's implementation of the AERO Common Core Plus standards.


As NWEA reflects; ‘one size doesn’t fit all.’  Because each child learns differently, NWEA developed this system of summative testing which adjusts to the child. As a student responds to the questions, so the test responds to the student and adjusts up or down in difficulty. As well as showing a student’s progress, the results provide subject teachers with a wealth of detailed and valuable information to support academic growth.


Features of MAP tests:


  • They provide a challenging test for every student.  Students are not expected to get every question right or wrong.

  • They are untimed.  Students are given as much time as necessary, as long as they are making progress.

  • They measure growth and show how students are progressing.  Student growth can be monitored from test to test.


For more information, visit NWEA´s site at www.nwea.org


Samræmd próf – National Icelandic Assessments


Students in the bilingual program take the Icelandic National Exams in mathematics and Icelandic in grades 4 and 7. These exams are administered each year in September.


According to Icelandic law, the purpose of the assessments are:


  • To measure the extent to which the standards in the subjects have been reached.

  • To provide insight into teaching strategies for individual students.

  • To inform students, teachers and parents of student growth.

  • To supply schools with information regarding how they compare to other schools.


For more information, visit www.namsmat.is