This is a program to encourage kids to set goals to score higher on MAPs tests.
Using the goal setting sheets on the MAPs website, set the expected growth goal for each individual student, and collective school score (add up all growth goal numbers for the team approach). Post these everywhere. Tell the student they are competing with themselves, with the other classrooms, and together as a school to get the best scores.
For the individual part: Make a poster showing the expected growth goals for each testing session. Set dates for the 3 "Toppers Party" (have one after each growth score is recorded but allow for "catch up time"--see 3 boxes below)). Let students know these dates. After the date, have a party. I created invitations that said "You topped your score so now top your own _________!" *pizza, sundae, doughnut, cookie, necklace, popcorn, etc...*
For the group parts: set up a classroom or grade level thermometer and show how many students in that class or grade level reached the goal as a competition between classes. I have a trophy per grade level for the class with the most kids reaching their goal (bought at the thrift store). Also have a school thermometer poster and add up all of the growth scores for a whole group reward. Celebrate when you reach the school goal with an "extra recess day" or a "game day". Research has shown that most boys are more interest in individual competition and most girls are more interested in group competition. By including both, you will motivate a majority of the students.
Make each student a score card on tag board to take to MAP testing. Have them write in their scores for session. I put a sticker on the back of the tag for each growth goal is met. At the end of the year, I have a special "free time" party in the gym with fun activities and music for those with three stickers.
For those who don't make their growth goal, I planned "make up that score" activities so that they could attend the celebration. Here is the link to Khan Academy, there is a section where you enter the MAPS score and it gives you activities to improve your score: https://www.khanacademy.org/login
After completing the required number of activities (your choice) during their free time or at home, they can attend the parties as well.
One teacher makes a paper version of the "topper party treat" and the kids get to glue a new piece each time they make a goal or complete the extra activity. You decide whether to make the goals public or private, depending on your students.