District Test & Assessment
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

The Decorah Schools will again be giving the on-line assessment known as MAP or Measures of Academic Progress during the 2004-2005 school year. The assessment is aligned with the standards and benchmarks that have been adopted by the Decorah Community School District. The students took tests in mathematics, reading, and language arts in the fall of 2003, spring of 2004, and the fall of 2004. This past fall, students in some grade levels also took a science test.

The tests will be given between March 31 and April 15. The tests will be given to students in grades 2 through 11. The tests will each take approximately one hour and will be taken on a computer. The difficulty of the test is adjusted to the student's performance on initial questions and is also based on a student's performance on last year's assessments.

This assessment has been chosen because of its alignment with our standards and benchmarks. It will help us determine how well we are progressing in our work on the federal government's initiative called "No Child Left Behind". Results will be available and shared with parents very shortly after the assessments are completed.

If parents have further questions, they may contact building offices or Diane Lovstuen.


It is the policy of the Decorah Community School District to not discriminate in its educational activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status. Inquiries about this policy and its practices should be made to the Equity Coordinator, Leona Hoth, Decorah Middle School, 405 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA 52101, or by telephone at 563-382-8427.