Students prepare for the MAP test

Primary through 11th grade students in the Knox County Public Schools will take the MAP assessment during a two and a half week window beginning August 29.

MAP, short for Measures of Academic Progress, is an universal screening assessment that Knox County, and school districts nationwide, use annually to measure student success.

We give students MAP tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year.   Our students will be taking the reading and math portion of the MAP assessment this year and some grade levels will also take the language usage assessments as well.   Students in grades K-1 will take Map for Primary Grades which includes reading and math.  Grades 2-11 will take the full version of MAP which includes reading, math, and language usage.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning.  As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth.

Parents/guardians will be receiving detailed reports from MAP testing during open house at their child’s school.  A child’s testing report is designed to provide parents/guardians with an overall picture of the child’s performance in the areas assessed. As a student continues through school, the MAP reports will show progress over time.   To become familiar with the test visit the KCPS website at and click on Students > Quick Links.  On our site you will find a link to MAP testing which includes a warm-up test that you can preview at home with your child.  There is also an informational video about MAP testing that may answer questions that you and your child have.

The first series of MAP tests are scheduled to begin August 29 and continue until September 14. Please note that your child will not test every day in the testing window, rather, this allows our schools flexibility to decide on which dates they choose to administer MAP testing.   Each school will be setting their own testing schedule within the test window.

Just like any assessment, we encourage your child to be in attendance daily and come prepared for test taking.   Attendance is vital to your child’s preparation for MAP testing and overall success in school.   We ask that you please schedule doctors appointments and other preventable absences for after school hours or on non-school days.

If you have questions about the MAP test please contact the MAP assessment coordinator at your child’s school.