How MAP assessments can support multilingual instruction

According to the Office of English Language Acquisition, it may help improve cognitive flexibility, lead to more academic and professional opportunities, and even help us develop empathy. But how can educators accurately evaluate the skills of students who speak more than one language? MAP assessments can help.

Teresa Krastel, NWEA and Lynne Kulich sat down with Matt Hajdun, who recently worked at The Columbus School, near Medellín, Colombia, to learn more about the role of assessment there. The Columbus School is a US-accredited pre-K to grade 12 school where students learn in English and Spanish and receive both a US and a Colombian diploma.

The Columbus School began using MAP® Growth™  from grade 2 through grade 10, and MAP® Reading Fluency™ from kindergarten through grade 1 with all learners, and in grades 2 and 4 for selected learners, based on MAP Growth performance. Their goal is to have valid and reliable reading data in both English and Spanish.

Click here to read more of Matt’s answers about dual-language programs, language development, choosing balanced assessment systems, and leveraging MAP assessment data in a predominantly Spanish-speaking school.