The Arizona Department of Education released the 2003 Measure of Academic Progress today for elementary, middle, and junior high schools.
The MAPs are based on the improvement students made on the 2003 Stanford 9 Achievement Test compared to their 2002 results. They show the percentages of students at each school that made one year's growth in reading and math on the Stanford 9.
The MAPs will be one of several criteria state officials use in October to label every public school as "excelling," "highly performing," "performing," or "underperforming." After this year, schools that underperform two years in a row can be labeled "failing" and face a state takeover.
Tom Horne, state superintendent of public instruction, said the MAPs are a better indicator of learning than raw test scores. “This makes the system much fairer to good schools in poor neighborhoods,” Horne said in a news release.
“Rather than being measured on their absolute test scores, this gives them credit for moving the students at least one year of academic progress from where the students start.” High schools are not included in the MAP results because they do not take the Stanford 9 test. The 2003 Stanford 9 scores were released in August.