MAP Overview

The NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is an assessment administered on a computer that measures a student’s instructional level. The MAP is a computer-adaptive test. Computer-adaptive tests adjust the difficulty of the questions to the level of the student based on how the student is performing. The items range in difficulty from first grade to the college level.

Students and Subjects Tested

Reading and math MAP tests are administered in the fall, winter, and spring. Science is administered in fall and spring. Additionally, some students take a language usage test.

Understanding the Results

The MAP reports a score called a RIT for each subject tested. The RIT is a scale that links skills and concepts to a difficulty level. The scale ranges from 100 to 300. Skills at the RIT level of 200 are more difficult than skills associated with the RIT level of 195. You can use the RIT score to find the percentile rank (the percent of students in the nation whose scores were below that of your student) here.

On your student’s report, the blue bars show the student’s scores from fall and winter testing. Scores in yellow are relative areas of weakness in each subject. Scores in green are the student’s areas of strength. The dotted line shows the growth that your child was expected to make from fall to winter.

MAP Scores

What if my student’s scores went down?

A test score is a snapshot of a student’s performance on a given day. Many factors can influence it, and a drop in scores is not necessarily cause for concern. Your child will MAP test again in spring, so we will be able to see trends more clearly then.

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