One of the neat things about MAP is you can take his RIT scores and compare to out of level percentiles. I used the tables from this link on pages 128-157. For end of year his out of level percentiles would be:http://pickens.it.schoolfusion.us/module...8ebc39c6e6bc9c3
Math: 269 Grade 8 99% Grade 10 96%
Reading: 251 Grade 9 99% Grade 11 98%
Language: 240 Grade 8 97%
Gen Science: 235 Grade 7 99% Grade 10 95%
Concepts & Processes: 232 Grade 7 99% Grade 10 96%
Hopefully the principal understands he is not just 99% for 5th graders but 99% in math for 8th graders. I would work with the principal to make sure your son has highly capable teachers who can handle a high degree of differentiation. It sounds like you may need to come up with ideas rather than relying on the school. Have you looked into whether he could do some independent study, acceleration or on-line classes?
Another thing to consider is his rate of growth. You may want to ask for his NWEA Student Report. It's two pages and looks like this:http://www.powayusd.com/projects/edtechc...rt%20Sample.pdfhttp://www.powayusd.com/projects/edtechc...0Sample%202.pdf
You may also want to have him take the SATs via a talent search. I think Dottie said when her son had higher SATs scores than some of his teachers it really got their attention.
He loves school, has great work ethic, no sibling issues. My concern is if he's being challenged in school.
Related question, if a child loves his school, his classmates, and doesn't complain of boredom even though he's doing work well below his capabilities, should we leave things alone?
I'd keep close tabs and be proactive. What works one year may not work the next. It may be worthwhile to talk to your son about whether he feels challenged in school and the negatives that could come from not being challenged. DH found his own challenges sitting in the back of the class with a programmable calculator so maybe your son has found some kind of self challenge too.
Good luck and thanks for posting. It's interesting to hear about other people's experience with the MAP test.