Measures of Academic Progress

The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments from the Northwest Education Association (NWEA) are used to measure your child’s progress in school. NWEA MAP assessments are computerized tests offered in Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics. When taking a MAP assessment, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As a student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If a student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. Teachers use this information to help drive their instruction.

NWEA Parent Toolkit

NWEA Resource Guide for Parents

Smarter Balanced Assessments

Smater Balanced

The Connecticut Smarter Balanced assessments are aligned to Common Core State Standards and are used to assess students mastery of skills in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The Bethel Public Schools administer these assessments in the spring each year and are required to do so in Grades 3-8.

A Summary of Core Components

Benefits of Smarter Balanced

Bethel Public Schools Smarter Balanced Presentation

Parent Fact Sheet


Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCCS) provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. - from Mission Statement, Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Important Links for Parents

Connecticut State Department of Education Common Core website

CREC Curriculum Guides FAQ

National PTA Parents' Guide to New English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessments in CT

National PTA Parents Guides to Student Success

Parent Roadmaps (from Council of Greater City Schools) English Language Arts

Parent Roadmaps (from Council of Greater City Schools) Mathematics

Next Generation Science Standards

A foundation in scientific literacy prepares students to be confident and capable lifelong learners who are equipped with the skills needed to access, understand, evaluate and apply information in various contexts. Regardless of their academic standing, all students should have access to a rich and challenging science curriculum that will promote scientific literacy, while inspiring and supporting advanced study and science-related careers. - from CT State Department of Education website

Frequently Asked Questions

Next Generation Science Standards