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Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 10:25 am

Fourth- through eighth-grade students at St. John Bosco Catholic School scored exceptionally well this spring in the subjects of math, reading and language on the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test.

The MAP test, a computer-adaptive assessment from the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), was administered to students at St. John Bosco Catholic School (SJBCS) three times during the school year: September, January and May.

“MAP is used as a national norm test at schools across the country and internationally to pinpoint individual student progress and achievement,” said Dr. Marie Axman, principal at SJBCS. “We are extremely proud of our students for their significant strides and top scores. Our teachers, math specialist and literacy coach are to be commended for helping students reach their highest potential.”

According to a statement by the school, during the testing session in May, fourth-grade through eighth-grade students scored in the 99th percentile in language; sixth-graders scored in the 98th percentile and fourth-graders scored in the 89th percentile.

Math specialist Melissa Cesarano said that throughout the year, SJBCS teachers conducted learning objectives at each individual student’s level, which furthered their success in math.

“We concentrated on what students need next to grow academically. We make sure not to waste any learning time with information that a student has already shown mastery of,” she said. “Because MAP testing adapts to the student as they are taking the test, there is no way to prepare for the test. Every student takes a different test. What we can do is make sure our curriculum matches what the student shows they are ready to learn next in order to achieve growth.”

Teachers and administrators are overjoyed over the students’ success in MAP testing and plan to build upon that success with the coming school year.

“It’s wonderful for both our students and our teachers to be recognized for their high scores. The teachers have been working incredibly hard to ensure the success of each and every student,” Cesarano said. “It’s important that our students continue to grow and reach new heights. We have been given the road map for what each student needs next, and we will continue on that path. We will also focus on grades first through third to ensure growth for all.”

Assistant principal Ryan Watson accredited the success on the MAP test to the hard work put in by the teachers and students at SJBCS.

“There’s a great sense of pride and passion knowing that our students worked so hard, and as well as our teachers and parents,” he said. “It’s a team effort and I think everybody is working really hard together to have the best academic progress and success out of the community.”

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