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Assessments and Standards

MAP Testing

MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is a computerized adaptive test that helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child’s academic growth.

We also use the NWEA nationally-normed assessments so that we can internally track and respond to our students’ needs as they grow. Please visit for more info.

A Parents Guide to MAP Testing

Our School Performance Grade was calculated by the state based on student achievement (80%) and growth (20%) for students grades 3rd through 6th. The indicators and the proficiency standard or benchmark used for achievement included:

  • Annual EOG mathematics and reading assessments in grades 3–8 and science assessments in grade 5 and 8 (Level 3 and above on EOG tests)

Please note that only one state school grade is calculated for our school, despite the EOG test administration to both elementary (3–5) and middle school (6–8) students. Literature about the letter grade calculated by the state, clearly states that the grade is not to be used as a ranking tool, because side-by-side school comparisons cannot be made due to grades served, size of the student body, the curriculum taught, and programs implemented.

There is also no percentage of the grade that scores the efficacy or rigor of the Core Knowledge Language Arts Sequence, Social Studies instruction, or teaching of Science in any grade other than 5th at CPA. This year, with the addition of a Director of Academics and teachers committed to raising achievement scores and emphasizing the state standards while continuing with Core Knowledge and Singapore Math instruction, we are confident in increased outcomes.

At CPA we take great pride in the alternative curriculum that our talented teachers implement each day. We believe in the importance of history, civics, hands-on experiences, and integration of literature, citizenship, and the arts. At CPA we focus on the whole child and we believe that learning styles and academic interests matter when engaging students in and out of the classroom. We agree with the statement on the NCDPI website that these are all upgraded, but “crucial aspects of the school community” that are not reflected in our school report card.

Our school report card can be viewed at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Coastal Preparatory Academy School Performance Grade and Score:

  • 2018–2019 C (56)
  • 2017–2018: D (51)

Our Mission


Coastal Preparatory Academy is dedicated to improving the lives of its students by providing authentic learning experiences in a collaborative, nurturing environment that will build a foundation for students’ success in school, at future work, and in life.

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