MAP® testing transition guidance for gifted and advanced students

In most cases, students are well served by taking the MAP® tests that correlate to their grade level. However, there are some situations where it may be appropriate to transition a child to a higher level test early. Here are some guidelines for making that choice.

MPG® to MAP® 2-5 Transition Guidance

When deciding whether to transition a kindergarten or 1st grade student to the MAP 2-5 test, it is important to balance the testing experience against the need for a student to take a test that has sufficient scale to provide useful results. The MPG is designed for pre-, emergent, and beginning readers using audio support in order to provide information regarding the student’s achievement in those subjects. The content and the manner in which the tests are constructed are appropriate for students from kindergarten up to second grade.

Children in kindergarten and 1st grade who are reading independently and ready for the longer test may take the MAP® Reading 2-5 in place of the MPG® Reading.

Generally, it is not recommended that kindergarten and 1st grade students take the MAP® Math 2-5 because the MAP® includes math terminology to which they have probably not been introduced. However, a student who has been exposed to 2nd grade or higher mathematics material, is reading independently, and is ready for the longer format of the MAP math 2-5, may take the MAP 2-5.

The MPG® Math provides useful information for instruction for students working up to the level of an average 4th grader at the end of the school year. The MPG® Reading provides useful information for instruction for students up through the level of an average 6th grader at the end of the school year.

MAP 2-5 to MAP 6+ Transition Guidance

The MAP Math 6+ includes topics that are not included in the MAP 2-5, and therefore some advanced students may benefit from transitioning to the 6+ test early.

Transitioning from MAP Math 2-5 to MAP Math 6+ may be appropriate if:

  • The student has been exposed to math content above the 5th grade level.
  • The student is performing above the 90th percentile compared to typical 5th graders at the beginning of the school year.


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