A thread was requested (please note I didn't write this thread but I believe the info is accurate). Weigh in on the MAP testing for use in Advanced Learning placement. (They used to use the WASL.) I think on the one hand most of the money for Advanced Learning goes to testing. It's just ridiculous that more of the money can't go to programming. However, using MAP may benefit those students who can use computers well.
From Annoyed's comments:
The change this year was that MAP testing would determine if students were qualified to take the CogAT, rather than the reverse, where students first take the CogAT, then if they have qualifying scores, they take an achievement test for math and reading.
In recent years, I believe the K-2 kids took the the Woodcock-Johnson test and the older kids took the ITBS test for reading and math achievement.
Now the MAP test is being used as a gatekeeper and preventing many students from taking the CogAT. There may be some justification for this in the higher grades, if MAP scores show a strong correlation to ITBS scores, but I have not seen evidence that MAP in the primary grades is a valid measure of a student's academic performance when testing for highly capable programs.