Student Goal Setting and Motivation Using MAPs
Accessing Reports | Interpreting Reports | Classroom Goal Setting | Student Goal Setting | Lexile Tools | Increasing Student Motivation | Interest Inventories | MAP Instructional Tools

Click here for the newly revised  MAP Notebook Toolkit


In the Student Report Center, you can click on the "Resources" tab to link to the Learning Ladder to identify individual student needs or to recognize whole class needs.

(You can view the ladder without student names here: Learning Ladder for MAP )

When viewing your class on the Learning Ladder in TIM, you can click on a student's name to generate an Individual Student Report.  You'll see current MAPs scores for each goal strand, color-coded to predict the student's success on the spring CST.  For a sample of an Individual Student Report, click on the image to the left.







Celebrate strengths and then determine the lowest goal area (the lowest mean score for a goal area) for reading, language usage, and math. Post these as classroom goals and discuss them with your students. Look up the range for these goals on the MAP Learning Continuum Ladder and reference it as you plan instruction.




When administering the MAP assessment, record student overall scores as well as goal area scores when they appear onscreen at the end of the test. Students will readily recognize areas of strength and areas of challenge. Working to improve the challenge area with the lowest goal score will produce overall academic growth in that subject area.

  • Sample Individual Student Progress Reports with Graphs
    are also helpful to illustrate personal academic trends over time as students reflect and develop individual goals.
     Instructions to download a class set.






    • NEW Common Core Goal Planning Sheets for 2nd and 3rd Grade:
                         Reading,           Language Usage,  and   Math



    • NEW Common Core Goal Planning Sheets for 4th and 5th Grade:
                        Reading,            Language Usage,       and  Math



  • You may choose to have students simply graph their overall scores and then write about changes they see over time.

  • The following sheets can be used to help students develop strategies to reach their goals.

Student Goal

Personal Goals for
My Extreme Academic Makeover

  • NWEA developed the following sheets to provide students with opportunities for self-assessment after the fall and spring assessments. Students reflect on their personal study habits, effort, and participation

Self Assessment for Fall
  MAPs Conferencing


Self Assessment for Spring
MAPs Conferencing



The MAP Reading assessment report will include each student's Lexile score. (Students also receive Lexile scores on their California Standards Tests.) This score may be used as a guide when choosing books at an appropriate reading level for each student.

 Great Resources on the Lexile Website

  • Use the Lexile Booksearch Tool to find the best materials or to check the Lexile level of books students have chosen.
  • Power Vocabulary  For every book listed in this section you can print a list of vocabulary words and activities to help students learn the words and their meanings.
  • Pathfinders provides lists of books and their corresponding Lexile level categorized by interest, author, or series.







Using MAP for goal setting can help students:

  • Have hope again

  • Build the bridge between work, effort and accomplishment

  • Experience rewards for effort

  • Feel like you're on the same team working for success.

  • Bring an enthusiasm for achieving. (Video game mentality to reach new levels is on our side this time!)

For an additional resource that provides insight and tools to understand how to motivate students who are unmotivated, Allen N. Mendler has written an excellent book titled: Motivating Students Who Don't Care, Successful Techniques for Educators.  (To purchase this book from the publisher, click on the title to go to the National Educational Service website.)



Helping Children Discover their Interests This survey for parents and students can help you find strategies to build real world connections that are engaging for specific students in your classroom.

Multiple Intelligences Survey by Walter McKenzie  (Note there is a link for a print version at the bottom of the page. The vocabulary and concepts are targeted at upper elementary and above.)

Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire by Barbara A. Soloman
Learning Styles and Strategies Interpretation page  At this site, students fill in the questionnaire online and receive immediate results which can be printed. The interpretation page gives strategies to help students with different learning styles become successful. The vocabulary is upper elementary and above.

Interest Inventory This upper elementary/middle school inventory focuses more on career interests, but it can provide information that is helpful as you develop curriculum to engage reluctant learners.

Learning Styles This inventory is somewhat easier than those above.

Hemispheric Dominance Survey: This survey gives a summary description as well as detailed strategies to the student.




  • Parent Orientation
    (Click the "pages" tab on the left side to view full pages or right click and "save target as" to open and play as a slide show)

( Handout on Using MAP as an assessment FOR learning )




Edited on: 09/09/2014 by Linda Foote
Instructional Curriculum Specialist
Poway Unified School District
ŠJune 2002





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