The Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative has been providing the MAC/MARS Performance Assessment Tests for 20 years. The MAC/MARS tests are written for grades Kindergarten through Algebra 2/Trigonometry and Integrated 3. Recent studies show the MAC/MARS tests are an excellent predictor of a student’s performance on the state’s CAASPP (SMARTER-Balance) tests. The results show that 88% of the time a student performance on the MAC/MARS test will predict the student performance on CAASPP test. In addition, SVMI districts who administered the MAC/MARS tests to their students significantly outperformed other districts in the region on the state CAASPP tests. Since the MAC/MARS tests are administered in early March, the results from the tests are useful for formative assessment purposes, to inform instruction and adjust to students’ learning needs before the students take the state test.
Once again this coming spring, SVMI is providing new 2018 MAC/MARS tests. As a member of SVMI, you have access to all grade level tests, the rubrics, scorer training materials and professional development workshops to learn to score the tests as a part of your membership. The official window for administering the 2018 MAC/MARS to students in grades 2 through high school is Monday, March 5 to Friday, March 16, 2018. If you sign up to administer the 2018 MAC/MARS tests you will also receive a set of reports, including district, school, teacher reports, individual student reports, a final report with merged data from CAASPP 2018 and demographic correlations, and of course the Tools for Teachers documents.
This year we are offering two options for scoring. The first option is to score the test in the traditional manner with paper copies of training materials and scoring by hand. The second option is to use the online qAssess system provided by Educational Data Systems (EDS) to do the scoring on-line. EDS has made improvement to the system to make the uploading of data, printing of tests, and scanning student booklet easier and more streamlined. Of course, we will support you in which ever option you choose.
You may sign up for as many or few grade levels as you desire. In signing up you will be asked for the grade levels you want to assess, an estimate of the number of students that will be assessed by grade level and whether you would like to score using online using qAssess, or the traditional paper scoring process. We encourage you to take advantage of this powerful assessment that fosters improvements in teaching and learning mathematics.
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