California Boost Project
MAP - Math and ELA


Help students achieve grade level mastery as per MAP Spring 2018-2019 and CAASPP tests


Epic is evaluated based on learning gains and student grade-level mastery


2018-2019 LP4 through LP9


Supplement gaps (as per MAP/CAASPP) using Khan Academy, IXL, Study Island, or other


One of our key goals this year (and moving forward) is to help our students master their grade-level standards in all subject areas, particularly in Math and ELA.


As you know, students’ MAP and CAASPP scores are critical components of how our school is evaluated every year, and for good reason: they help measure and follow student progress across all age and grade groups, using the powerful RIT scale for MAP and the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment system for CAASPP.


With this in mind, we are launching a Boost Program starting LP4 to make sure that all students receive any supplemental work that may help them achieve full grade-level mastery.


Step 1

Please review the following infographic which explains the program (this is for you teachers exclusively):

Step 2

We created a spreadsheet with 3rd grade - 8th grade, and 11th grade students, grouped by teacher. It contains the most recent MAP scores (fall 2018 - using a scale that considers grade level and MAP score to assign a score of 1 - 4; the scale can be found here) and CAASPP (2017-2018 SY) data. You may use the spreadsheet as a guide to determine your students’ needs. Every student should be assigned to one of the following groups:


a) At grade level. No need to supplement Math/ELA, unless you determine otherwise. These students typically have a score of 3 or above and/or “Standard Met” or above (CAASPP).


b) Below Grade Level but not in RTI (Math/ELA or both). These students are the main focus of this program. These students typically have a score of 2 or below (MAP) or Standard Nearly Met or below (CAASPP).


c) Below Grade Level, already enrolled in Epic's RTI program (Math/ELA ir both). If they are already receiving supplemental work to achieve grade-level standard mastery, no need to add more activities; however, if the student is below grade level on both Math and ELA, and is only receiving work on one of the subject areas, you may wish to consider providing some additional work on the other subject area (never exceeding what would be a reasonable amount of work based on each student’s abilities/endurance).


In the end, you, the student’s teacher, can determine the best course of action that will produce the best results.


Spreadsheet with student data, grouped by teacher: 


Step 3

We prepared two info-graphs to help you, the teacher, explain to parents/guardians and students (one for each), the reason why students should try their best when taking a MAP and a CAASPP test. Hopefully this will promote buy-in, since we know how important this is in student test performance.


For Parents/Guardians:


For Students:


Step 4

In the Math Coach site, teachers can find the resources needed to use Khan Academy, IXL, and Study Island as part of the BOOST program.


The goal is NOT to overwhelm students, but rather, to provide laser-like targeted work. This is where MAP and CAASPP data becomes extremely useful.


Math Coach Site - California:


Using the spreadsheet from Step 2, which contains student test scores grouped by teacher, please specify on the appropriate column (one for Math and one for ELA) the type of supplemental activity you will assign to each of your students (using the drop-down menu options found in each cell).


You can also add comments on the corresponding column to specify for each student a change to their program, exit date  for students that achieves grade-level mastery, etc...


Final Words

Please make sure that you assign a grade to all your students that receive work under this program. It should be part of their grade book and AWR for each LP (beginning with the 4th LP this year, LP1 for subsequent years).


Using actual MAP and CAASPP reports is critical for identifying the standards that each student needs to work on to achieve grade-level mastery. The spreadsheet indicated in Step 2 is only for reference purposes, and does not replace each student's actual MAP report/scores nor the CAASPP report (when these are available). Remember that IXL may be used as a diagnostic tool to identify Math and ELA gaps for students that do not have test data.