Kent Falcons News

Kent Principal Grant Althouse

Greetings Kent Middle School Families,

During the 2020-21 school year, Kentfield School District began administering the Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth tests to students in 2nd through 8th grades. The purpose of MAP Growth is to determine what students are currently able to do and what students are ready to learn next. This October, we administered the MAP Growth test in reading and mathematics to all 5th through 8th graders as a formative assessment. Teachers have reviewed assessment results for students in their classes, and we are ready to share these assessment results with students and families.

This week we will make the MAP Growth Student Progress Report available for students and families to access in Aeries. The MAP Growth Student Progress Report reflects student achievement levels in reading and mathematics for each test administration they’ve completed since we started utilizing MAP Growth in 2020.  

How to interpret your child’s MAP Growth Student Progress Report:

  • On the right side of the Student Progress Report you can see their Rasch Unit (RIT) test score and National Percentile Rank, listed in order from the most recent test administration to the first test administration. The RIT score indicates how your child performed in a subject, either math or reading. The National Percentile Rank indicates how well your child has learned skills in each subject compared to children of the same age, from a sample of over four million students who take this test across the country.  
  • On the left side of the report you will see two graphs, the first graph for math and the second graph for reading. The blue line on the graph represents your child’s performance over their test administrations in KSD. The orange line represents the mean average RIT score of KSD students in your child’s grade level over time. The yellow line represents the national mean RIT score for children in your child’s grade level over time. These graphs can be helpful to interpret your child’s performance relative to grade level expectations.
  • Below each graph, under the "Goals Performance" heading, RIT scores for each subject are further broken down to show performance range in sub categories of the subject. This is helpful information to show relative areas of strength and challenge within that subject area.
  • At the bottom of the report, your child’s Lexile Level Range is displayed. The Lexile Level Range is an approximate reading level that can be used to pair students with appropriately leveled text.

During advisory class this week, advisory teachers will orient students in how to access their MAP Growth assessment results, and to reflect about how to interpret the results. Our interest in sharing these results with our students is to provide greater insights into how they are progressing in their learning, and to encourage reflection about habits of learning and instructional opportunities that may lead to increased confidence and success in the future.

We encourage you to review the MAP Growth results with your child as one data point to consider while discussing academic strengths and challenges. While digesting the information in the report, please consider that these assessments are only one method among many to quantify student learning and achievement, and should not be considered the ultimate representation of how your child is performing academically. Most importantly, encourage your child to reflect about areas they are feeling confident with this year, and how they plan to improve in their areas for growth.

How to access the MAP Growth Student Progress Report in Aeries:

Aeries View MAP Scores

This Friday, November 18th from 8:45 to 10 am, assistant principal Wendy Holmes and I will hold the November Principal Coffee, focused exclusively on accessing and interpreting your child’s MAP Growth score report. During this presentation we will support families in accessing the MAP Student Progress Report, discuss how to interpret the results, share the ways we use the results to inform our work at school, and connect families to instructional connections that can interpret MAP Growth scores and provide helpful practice outside of the school day. We hope that you’ll join us on Friday to learn more!

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have about the MAP Growth Progress Report and your child.

Let’s have a great week ahead!

Grant Althouse
Kent Principal

Empowerment 101 Class for 8th Graders

On November 14, 15, and 16 during PE classes, our 8th graders will be led through a class entitled Empowerment 101, led by staff from IMPACT Bay Area. The sessions are designed to help students understand boundary setting and to empower students to act if they find themselves in unsafe or potentially threatening situations. In these sessions students develop intuition, situational awareness, congruent body language, and verbal skills to de-escalate and deter potential harassment and assault. These classes are a result of advocacy from a number of our former students through their 8th Grade Social Action class at Kent last year, about the need to empower young people to respond if ever faced with harassment and physical assault. We feel fortunate to equip our 8th grade students with this important skill set.

Friday, November 18, 8:45-10 a.m.

Join Assistant Principal Wendy Holmes and Principal Grant Althouse for the Kent Principal Coffee Chat. They will review accessing and interpreting your child’s MAP Growth score report. 

Fall Athletics News & Schedules

Kent basketball tryouts will be the week of November 14-18 in the gym.


Wednesday, 11/16

  • 6th girls- 3:45- 4:45 p.m.
  • 6th boys- 4:45- 5:45 p.m.

Thursday, 11/17

  • 7th girls- 3:45- 4:45 p.m.
  • 7th boys- 4:45- 5:45 p.m.

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Upcoming Dates

2022-2023 Kent Bell Schedule

  • Monday-Thursday, November 14-17: Basketball Tryouts - please see schedule in the Kent Athletics section above.
  • Wednesday, November 16: Kent ELAC meeting, 4:45-6 p.m., Kent Library
  • Friday, November 18: Principal Coffee, 8:45-10 a.m., Kent Library