The results for our MAPC Entry Competition have arrived! Elementary and middle school students took required entry assessments throughout August 2017 to determine if they qualified for our selective MAPC math teams.
Please click here to view our 2017-2018 preliminary competition schedule!
Who May Join MAPC?
Students who took the entry assessment were placed into 3 levels:
- Ineligible for Competition Math at this time
Both Qualifying and Pre-Qualifying students are eligible for MAPC! However, only Qualifying students may enter official state and national math competitions. Pre-Qualifying students move up once they achieve a minimum score on required monthly benchmark exams. Unfortunately, students deemed “Ineligible” may not enter the program at this time.
What Does the Assessment Include?
Depending on their individual grade levels, students took one of two available assessments:
- Elementary: featuring math from grades 4-6 and up
- Middle School: featuring math from grades 6-8 and up
It is important to note that an assessment question’s grade level does not indicate its difficulty level. The grade level of a particular question is dictated by the Common Core State Standards, which is the curriculum used in most schools throughout the U.S.
Difficulty level, on the other hand, varied throughout all grade levels on both versions of the entry assessment.
How Were the Assessments Scored?
Each assessment included 25 total questions and has been scored out of 100 points.
Assessment Criteria: numerical score + overall quality of student work in test margins
- 4th grade: 6 questions
- 5th grade: 6 questions
- 6th grade: 6 questions
- Beyond 6th grade: 7 questions
Middle School Level:
- 6th grade: 6 questions
- 7th grade: 6 questions
- 8th grade: 6 questions
- Beyond 8th grade: 7 questions
- Right Answer x4
- Wrong Answer -1 (point deduction)
Parents—you should have received an email including a detailed entry assessment score report. Whether or not your child has met our MAPC entry guidelines, this score report is a valuable resource for evaluating his or her foundational, target, and advanced math skills.
Your child’s score report includes the number of questions from each Common Core grade level. Some students answered questions above their grade level correctly, but either skipped or got questions in the levels below incorrect. Students must master the appropriate math concepts in each grade before moving on to more advanced topics. When a math concept is neglected or misunderstood, it causes problem-solving issues in subsequent grade levels.
Case Study: 6th Grade MAPC Candidate (Ineligible)
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This student skipped two questions from his/her current grade level (6), but got all 6 8th grade level questions correct! This result shows that while the student can solve problems above his/her grade level, he/she has a weakened foundation in the target grade.
How Do I Use the Score Report?
To get a better understanding of the score report and decide your child’s next steps, please call (855) 346-1410 to set up an academic consultation meeting.
Will Students Have Another Opportunity to Take the Entry Assessment?
Students who become interested in MAPC throughout the 2017-2018 schoolyear will have several chances to take the entry assessment. Please visit our Events page for more information!