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MAP Overview

Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level—precisely measuring student progress and growth for each individual. MAP is an adaptive test, so, for instance, if your child correctly answers a question, the computer assessment provides a harder question next.  If they miss that same question, then an easier question is asked. This provides essential information about what your child knows and is ready to learn. MAP gives teachers a way to focus and plan for how they use time for either intervening with students or providing enrichment (if your child qualifies) to challenge higher-level students.

MAP is given via computer to children in grades K-12.  Its structure is cross-grade, which provides measurement of students who perform on, above, and below grade level. It is multiple choice and provides questions that are depth of knowledge, so that you can see if your child performs at level 1, 2 or 3 of difficulty. The test is untimed, but students generally spend about 60 minutes per subject area.  Feedback results are available in 24 hours.  MAP is not a high-stakes test, but is given to students at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year to measure a student’s academic achievement and calculate academic growth.

MAP assessments reveal precisely which academic skills and concepts your child has acquired and what he/she is ready to learn. MAP assessments are grade independent and adapt to each student’s instructional level, so that you can track your child’s achievement and notice trends to help with setting objectives. Every item on a MAP assessment is anchored to a vertically aligned equal interval scale, called the RIT scale for Rasch UnIT—a stable measurement, like inches on a ruler, that covers all grades.  Because the measurement is reliable and accurate, RIT scores serve as an essential data point in a student’s learning plan; educators can see their precise learning level and respond accordingly.

Skill Assessment

Reading and Language Usage

Science – Concepts, Processes and General Science

  • General Science covers specific science concepts within the three major domains of science: Life sciences, earth and space sciences, and physical sciences.
  • Concepts and Processes measures a student’s performance in both the processes used in science and the major themes underlying the science disciplines.

Test items for MAP for Science are helpful for assessing students up to and including 10th grade, prior to more specialized science curriculum in upper high school. MAP for Science is aligned to state standards, and to the two national standards established:

  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science Benchmarks for Science Literacy
  • The National Research Council’s National Science Education Standards

Mathematics (includes Spanish-language version of MAP Mathematics)

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