Dear Parents,

As April showers turn to May flowers and the warmth of spring fills the air, much like those flowers, we too at Johnson continue to celebrate our growth as learners. Last month, we completed our NWEA MAP assessment for grades K-5 and have now begun the state assessment (M-STEP) for grades 3, 4 and 5. As busy a time of the year as this is, it’s important that we take time to recognize and celebrate that ever so important growth each stop along the way!

As a reminder, student MAP testing results are reported in RIT scores (short for Rasch Unit). A RIT score is an estimation of a student's instructional level and also measures student progress or growth in school. You may have a chart in your home on which you mark your child's height at certain times, such as on his or her birthday. Think of a RIT score in the same manner. It shows where your child is at that date and time. Our goal is always for 100% of our students to show growth according to their RIT (and any other metric). So how did we do? The numbers below show the averages of each grade level:

Percent of Students that Made RIT Growth According to MAP:

Kindergarten: 95%
First Grade: 100%
Second Grade: 95%
3rd Grade: 100%
4th Grade: 79%
5th Grade: 79%
Building Average: 91%

We are extremely proud to show that 91% of our students showed measurable RIT growth according to the NWEA MAP assessment!  Keep in mind, that beginning the year (fall) with a high RIT score can make it more challenging to show substantial growth in spring. Think about a child who is measurably taller than his classmates in fall. Their growth may move a bit more slowly as the year progresses…and that’s OK!

Please take time to congratulate and celebrate with your young Jaguar. They work so hard each and every day in school and regardless of a score – because we know that students are more than a number - their hard work must be praised! Thank you for all you do in helping to contribute to the continued success of the students at Johnson!


With Jaguar Pride,

Josh Gignac

Principal, Johnson Elementary