ERIC Number: ED232269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Monitoring Achievement in Pittsburgh (MAP): Assumptions and Components.
Wallace, Richard C., Jr.
As a testing procedure designed to link instruction and testing in a helping relationship, Monitoring Achievement in Pittsburgh (MAP) is based on four assumptions: (1) classroom teachers are the primary untapped resource in schools and should be called upon for all their professional experience and talents; (2) all testing evidence about student learning, including the monitoring component of MAP, should be recognized as imperfect measures that are no replacement for professional judgement; (3) teacher attempts to focus their instruction and improve their teaching skills must be encouraged and supported; and (4) the principal must be regarded as the instructional leader of her or his school, intimately involved with the curriculum. Beyond these assumptions, MAP consists of five key components: (1) to foster student learning of specific skills, MAP first delineates skill expectations on which instruction is to focus; (2) MAP emphasizes identification of a manageable set of skills for classroom instruction; (3) MAP calls for periodic feedback to students and teachers on student skill achievement as a tool for improving instructional focus; finally (4 and 5), MAP encourages administrators to take an active role in identifying and developing instructional strategies and materials, and in providing teacher support services that foster continuous professional growth. (JBM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Role, Basic Skills, Demonstration Programs, Educational Principles, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Instructional Improvement, School Effectiveness, Skill Development, Student Evaluation, Student Improvement, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Made Tests, Teacher Role, Test Construction
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Pittsburgh School District PA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).