Maps Tools | Setting Classroom Goals | Instructional Tools
 Student Goal Setting | Increasing Student Motivation |

For those of you who teach 6th through 9th grade, you can now print a copy of most of the pages in the MAPs Notebook Toolkit directly from this link.

In TIM you will find that the Learning ladder has added features that allow you to see individual student needs or to recognize whole class needs. If you need a password or login for TIM, email Stacey Campo or Karen Eccles and put "TIM Password Needed" in the subject line. Only email one of them. 

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





     Using Reports from NWEA

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 MAPs Learning Continuum Ladder and reference it as you plan instruction.



Login to TIM and click on the Learning Ladder.  Here you can see all scores for your class, CST correlations, and
instructional information for differentiating. If you need a login or password, email Stacey Campo or Karen Eccles and put "TIM password needed in the subject line of your email. For a sample 9th grade honors English report, (without the continuum) click on the image to the right.

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.




When administering the MAPs assessment, record your students' overall scores as well as their goal area scores as they appear onscreen at the end of the test.

Students will reflect on the results and write plans to improve in their lowest goal area in each subject.  Improving in their lowest goal area will produce academic growth in that subject overall.

To determine the typical median scores for students by grade level, examine the following chart: MAPs RIT score correlation with the CST


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

Student Goal       Organizer Elem.

Student Goal Organizer MS/HS

Personal Goals for
My Extreme Academic Makeover

  • NWEA developed these 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. (Click on S for student masters or T for teacher masters with the answer keys
  • Pathfinders provides lists of books and their corresponding Lexile level categorized by interest, author, or series.



Using MAPs 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.)


  • 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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