• Interpreting Your Child's MAP Test Score

    Through the Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) assessment, each student receives a score that helps illuminate what he or she knows, is ready to learn, and is projected to achieve. Each year,

    After every MAP assessment, parents will receive an update on their student's assessment results.  These assessments provide valuable information about your child's level of understanding of key concepts in the math, reading and science.  These assessments also measure academic growth throughout the school year, and year to year, with the goal that students should grow at least one academic year each school year.

    The MAP test is an "adaptive" taken on a computer. When taking a MAP® test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. This results in a test specifically tailored to the student's learning level. 

    What is a "RIT" Score?

    Student scores are reported on a Rasch Unit, or “RIT” scale, which is a different type of score than a typical test that provides a “percentage correct” score. It is also different from tests where the score is specifically based on a comparison to others in the same grade.   RIT scores range from about 100 to 300. Students typically start at the 180 to 200 level in the third grade and progress to the 220 to 260 level by high school. RIT scores make it possible to follow a student’s educational growth from year-to-year.

    This type of score increases the value of the tests as a tool to improve your student's learning, because it enables teachers to recognize where to focus attention.

    View the Interpreting Students RIT Score Charts document here.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long does it take to complete a test? - Although the tests are not timed, it usually takes students about one hour to complete each MAP® test.
    MAP® for Primary Grades tests are typically given in two 30-minute segments.

    When will my child be tested and how often? - Districts typically test students at the beginning of the school year in fall and at the end of the school year in spring. Some districts may also choose to test students in winter and summer.

    Do all students in the same grade take the same test? - No. As mentioned, MAP® assessments "adaptive" and are designed to target a student’s academic performance in mathematics, reading, language usage, and science. These tests are tailored to an individual’s current achievement level. This
    gives each student a fair opportunity to show what he or she knows and can do. The computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique test.

    What are NWEA assessments used for? - MAP® assessments are used to measure your student’s progress or growth in school. You may have a chart in your home on which you mark your child’s height at certain times, such as on his or her birthday. This is a growth chart. It shows how much he or she has grown from one year to the next. MAP® assessments do the same sort of thing, except they measure your child’s growth in mathematics, reading, language usage, and science skills. The scale used to measure your child’s progress is called the RIT scale (Rasch unIT). It is used to chart your child’s academic growth from year to year.

    How do teachers use the test scores? - MAP® tests are important to teachers because they keep track of progress and growth in basic skills. They
    let teachers know where a student’s strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. Teachers use this information to help them guide instruction in the classroom.

    Where can I learn more about MAP® tests?

    Read the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Parent Resource Toolkit here.