At HEROES Academy, we place students into classes based on tested math and reading skills rather than age or grade level in school. As such, all students are required to take our placement test.
If your child has previously qualifying scores that meet the guidelines on our Admissions page, the placement test will be used exclusively for class placement purposes.
If your child does not have previously qualifying scores that meet the guidelines on our Admissions page, the placement test may be used for qualification purposes. In this case, students must test in at least the 80th percentile or above in both math and reading to enroll in classes at HEROES.
Placement testing is available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout the summer. We require at least 48 hours advance notice for scheduling, schedule changes, and cancellations. Registration is not considered complete until payment is made.
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About the NWEA MAP
Will my Child Qualify?
Our placement test consists of four sections:
- NWEA MAP Mathematics
- NWEA MAP Reading
- Paper-Pencil Math Challenge Exam based on NWEA-MAP Math score
- Paper-Pencil Writing Placement based on NWEA-MAP Reading scores
The NWEA MAP Test is an adaptive achievement test that allows educators and parents to measure student performance and growth. The test creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to student responses. The NWEA MAP test is offered in more than 7,400 schools nationwide. Unlike many tests, the NWEA MAP test provides each student with a unique set of questions based on their responses to previous questions. If a student answers a question correctly, the questions become more challenging. If a student answers a questions incorrectly, questions become easier. Thus, the test can determine what level a child is at, regardless of their age or grade level in school. For example, if a child is in third grade but is reading at a fifth grade level, MAP can tell us that.
The NWEA MAP test provides a RIT score. This score represents student achievement. We require that students take the NWEA MAP test each year so that class placement can be re-evaluated. We want to ensure that your child is always in a class that is appropriately challenging. In addition, this allows you to track your student's growth.
The NWEA MAP test provides us with a good measure of your child's maximum capabilities. However, the exam is mostly multiple choice. The NWEA MAP test provides rough scores regarding different strands. For example, it can tell us if your child is stronger in Algebraic Thinking and Operations than in Geometry. However, there are many objectives for each subject for each grade level. In order to ascertain which specific topics a child knows, or doesn't know, we administer a paper-pencil exam. We determine which challenge exam to give your child based on a combination of their NWEA MAP score and grade level. If your child has taken math or reading at another institution, we take this into account too. Without the NWEA MAP test, we would be forced to administer an end-of year exam for each subject for each grade until a child stops answering questions correctly. This would be a very time consuming, and frustrating, process for your child.
We require a writing placement because the NWEA MAP Reading test only covers reading comprehension. Often, we find that students who are reading far beyond their standard grade level, do not necessarily possess writing skills that are equally as advanced. For instance, a fourth grader reading at a high school level may not be writing at a high school level. This is very common. While students can gain reading comprehension skills by spending time reading and discussing literature with their parents, writing typically requires more formal instruction.
We take the results from all of these exams into account when determining your child's class placement.
Realistically, we cannot guarantee that your child will or will not qualify for our classes until they take our placement test. However, if your child consistently tests advanced proficient on other standardized tests then there is a good chance that they will also do well on our placement test.
For children ages 6 and 7, we advise reviewing our Elementary Reading Lists prior to registering for the placement test. The lowest level program that we offer requires a tested reading comprehension ability about equivalent to the average fourth grade student. This means that a child is reading beyond chapter books. Commonly known books at this level include Roald Dahl's books and EB White's books. You can find a longer list of books here. If your child has read(with full comprehension) multiple of these books recently, or books at a similar level, then they are likely reading at the necessary level.
If your child is still reading chapter books, this doesn't necessarily mean that they can't read at a higher level. However, if they just recently started reading chapter books, it would be unlikely.
For children ages 6 and 7, students should be able to: add multi-digit numbers, subtract multi-digit numbers, skip count, and multiply by skip counting. Students should be able to complete 60 single digit addition facts in one minute. For practice sheets, please click here.