“MAP is a pretty good representative of the new face of norm-referenced testing. It is sold to school-district administrators as a way to monitor school performance, with a bunch of bells and whistles about being able to fine-tune instruction based on results, spit out Lexile scores, and a whole bunch of other things. But fundamentally it’s sold to district administrators who want to be able to hit the panic button mid-year at a school: if you make kids take MAP several times a year, you will be able to know which principals to pressure in December and January. That is the fundamental sales pitch to good and bad district administrators alike.”
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