Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) are measures of student learning used in grades where there is not a standardized end-of-grade test given by the state. In Georgia, SLOs are utilized to track achievement for students in Grades K-3. For these students, as well as Grade 3 where GLOBE Academy has chosen to use MAP® tests as a monitor for reaching our SLO.
MAP® tests are computer adaptive tests of reading and mathematics. When taking a MAP® test, the difficulty of the question is based on how well the child answered the previous question. In this way, the MAP® tests are able to zero in on each students specific achievement level. The MAP® tests are given three times during the academic year to monitor student progress. The data provided can be used by teachers to understand what each child is ready to learn, providing review where needed or more challenging material.
Our goal at GLOBE Academy is to see growth from the beginning of the year to the end for every child. It is not unusual to see dips during the year, but we are aiming for growth for every child, regardless of what their performance level is. We want our children who come in on grade level to continue to progress. We will offer additional support to children who need it. Children who come in ready for a challenge will continue to be challenged.
The 4th and 5th grades track academic progress through the Georgia Milestones tests. However, we believe the information provided by the MAP® tests is valuable and thus 4th and 5th grade students also participate in these measures at GLOBE.
The MAP® tests are one method of assessment. At GLOBE, we also collect individual measures at all grade levels using the following tools:
AVANT STAMP Assessments
In addition to MAP, another measure of growth at GLOBE is the AVANT STAMP (STAndards based Measure of Proficiency) Assessment for language proficiency. Students in K-8 (K and 1 in 23-24) will take STAMP. Students in Kindergarten will take the STAMP 4e Listening, 1st graders will take STAMP 4e Listening and Speaking, and students in 2nd-5th will take Listening, Speaking, Writing, and Reading. Students in grades 6-8 take the STAMP 4S.
The assessments throughout the year provide the information teachers need to meet those needs and ensure growth in every child. For resources on SLOs and on MAP® tests: