Additional Testing Information
A Parent’s Need-to-Know Guide to NWEA MAP Testing
What is NWEA MAP Testing and why are we using it?
- NWEA - Northwest Evaluation Association
- MAP - Measures of Academic Progress
- Computer-based, adaptive testing, levels up and down as students get answers correct or incorrect allowing the test to determine the exact performance level of each student
- Given three times per year to monitor student progress (Fall, Winter, Spring)
- Test results will be used to adjust classroom instruction to meet individual student needs
- School-wide, and grade-level performance will also provide insights on which CCSP curriculum programs impact our students, and which programs need improvement
What is the RIT Scale?
- Equal interval, normative, growth scale (like measurements of height)
- Easily provides a measurement of growth over time (numbers should always go up)
- Named after its creator Danish Mathematician Georg Rach (Rasch unIT)
- MAP results are reported using the RIT scale
- The RIT Scale may be informally termed, Ready for Instruction Today! The RIT score helps tell educators which learning objectives the student is ready for next.
How do I Interpret my child’s results?
Comparative Data from the NWEA national norms helps make sense of your child’s RIT score, by showing you the national average performance level for students at each grade level. This does not mean the students are performing at grade level (criterion-referenced testing), but rather where students across American are typically performing (norm-referenced testing). This data also determines your child’s percentile rank.
My child’s overall score and/or growth is low. What should I do?
- Speak with your child’s teacher. Since this is a new test, your child may not have been engaged. Ask the teacher if there are similar concerns in the classroom, or if it is likely your child struggled with this particular test format.
- Speak with your child. Ask your child how they felt during the test. Let your child know that it’s ok if they don’t know something, but it is important to spend time on each question thinking and working through each answer. It is not a timed test, so students can take as long as they need to answer each question.
- Ask your child’s teacher what specific skills are being worked on in the classroom in small group instruction with your child, and what you can do to help at home.
For more information including sample tests please visit https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/