[K12OSN] MAP Testing through the NWEA (Measures of Academic Progress)

Ben Nickell twinprism at athena.physics.isu.edu
Tue Dec 7 23:56:04 UTC 2004

Rita Gibson wrote:

> Just wondering if anyone out there has experience with setting up this 
> testing system on their k12ltsp  network. Our school wants to 
> participate in this as part of the data collection efforts of the 
> Small Schools Initiative. I received an email from our director asking 
> me to see if our "network" is ready for this by reviewing the details at:
> http://www.nwea.org/support/implementation/
> We are not actually a school in a district, but a self-contained 
> school that is affiliated with five surrounding school districts. As I 
> am reading through this, the  says "must be installed on a 
> Windows-based computer that can be accessed from anywhere in the 
> district", and then later on "The Test Administration Application must 
> be installed on a windows-based computer with IE 5.01 or higher".


Our school gives a version of the MAP testing for statewide mandated 
testing  (Idaho Standards Achievement Test --ISAT)  The TAA really does 
require IE, but that can (and should) be run from a staff computer.   
There is a actual client application which does require windows (or 
Mac)for the testing, in our case I haven't had time to try and get it 
working with wine, so I don't know if that is possible. 

 In our case, the client application and all test data is stored on our 
K12LTSP server and and accessed via samba from windows machines.   (our 
thin client lab dual boots windows)

There may be a case to be made in Idaho for a linux port, because it is 
state mandated testing, so in a way they are requiring us to use windows 
or mac because the state is trying to get everyone off of the paper 
version of the test. 

I would be intersted in any additional information you discover,

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