• NWEA MAP Assessment

    Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a state-aligned computerized adaptive assessment program built on 30 years of research. MAP tests are state-aligned and are often used as an indicator of preparedness for state assessments. Administering the tests throughout the year allows educators to closely monitor the progress of students. Student test results are maintained so teachers and parents can monitor the growth of individual students over the years.

    Type of assessment: MAP tests are adaptive, meaning that they dynamically adjust to each student's performance level. As a student answers a test question on a computer, the program immediately analyzes the student's response, and based on how well the student has answered previous questions, selects a question of appropriate difficulty to display next. This type of adaptive testing is a better indicator of a student's true achievement and academic needs than traditional assessment, which is often a single test given to all students and written for the average ability within a grade level.

    Subjects tested:

    • Reading / Language: Word recognition, literal comprehension, inferential/ interpretive comprehension, literary response and analysis, evaluative comprehension
    • Math: Number sense, estimation/ computation, statistics /probability, patterns/ functions/ algebra, geometry, measurement, problem solving

    How administered: Students sit in front of a computer and are guided through the test at their own pace. Proctors are available in the room for students needing assistance. Students both hear (through headphones) and read instructions (on the computer screen) before beginning the test. If the student is unable to finish during the class period, he/she is invited back to complete the test. Scores are provided immediately after the test ends.

    Type of score received: Students receive at RIT score. RIT stands for Rasch unit, and is an equal-interval scale much like inches on a ruler. It is used to chart your child's academic growth from year to year. RIT scores typically start at the 160-190 level in 2nd grade and progress to the 240 to 280 level by high school.


    For more information, please contact our State Assessment and Data Analysis department.