NWEA MAP® Test Overview
What is the MAP Test?
The NWEA MAP Test (Measures of Academic Progress) is an adaptive achievement and growth test. It creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level—precisely measuring progress and growth for each individual student. 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.
The NWEA MAP is published by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and 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.
What kind of MAP test is my child taking?
If your child is taking a MAP test during his or her school year, it is likely they will be taking a MAP Growth test, which is a version of the MAP designed to assess a student’s academic growth from benchmark to benchmark.
The MAP Growth assessment 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. The 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.
The MAP Test 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.
How is the MAP assessment scored?
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.
The RIT is an especially helpful way for teachers to align concepts with their students’ scores. For instance, if a student were to score a 172 RIT for their mathematic sub-test, the teacher would know that the student is ready to learn about fractions, estimation, and rounding, as shown by the NWEA’s Match RIT to Concepts guide.
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NWEA MAP Skill Assessment for Primary Grades – Reading and Language Usage
The NWEA MAP for Early Learners (students kindergarten to first grade) tests contain 2 types of tests that you child may encounter before taking the MAP Growth test, or subsequently after taking their MAP Growth test. These tests are the Screening Assessment and the Skills Checklist Assessments.
Note: While it is unlikely, MAP Early Learners material may be used for 2nd graders.
The MAP Screening Assessment is a test used to get early, baseline information on a student. This test can be given pre-K and kindergarten. This is an adaptive test that responds to the student’s answers, with 33 questions in the Early Literacy section. It is given with the Mathematics Early Numeracy test. Its results are reported in number correct.
- PRI-READ-Screening (Early Literacy)
Skills Checklist Assessments
The Skills Checklist MAP is a set of diagnostic tests with results reported in both percent and number correct. It can be used to assess a student’s knowledge in a particular skill, either before teaching or after teaching the concept. There are 10 reading skills tested by the Skills Checklist MAP suite of tests, and the tests may be given throughout the year.
Reading skills tested by the Reading Skills Checklist set of tests:
- PRI-READ-Skills (Consonant Blends/ Digraphs)
- PRI-READ-Skills (Decode: Multi-Syllable Words)
- PRI-READ-Skills (Decode: Patterns/ Word Families)
- PRI-READ Skills (Letter Identification)
- PRI-READ-Skills (Manipulation of Sounds)
- PRI-READ-Skills (Matching Letters to Sounds)
- PRI-READ-Skills (Phoneme Identification)
- PRI-READ Skills (Phonological Awareness)
- PRI-READ-Skills (Syllable Types: CVC, CVCe, R-Control)
- PRI-READ-Skills (Vowel Digraphs/ Diphthongs)
Survey w/ Goals Assessments
Adaptive tests with results reported in RIT scores
- PRI-READ-Survey w/ Goals (PhonAware, Phonic, ConPrnt)
- PRI-READ-Survey w/ Goals (Vocab, Comprehen, Writing)
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
The Mathematic Early Numeracy test is a diagnostic test given at the earliest stages of a child’s learning to gain a baseline. This test can be given to pre-k through kindergarten, and is given in conjunction with the Early Literacy screening assessment. The Early Numeracy test has 35 questions and adapts in difficulty as a child answers. Its results are reported in number correct.
- PRI-MATH-Screening (Early Numeracy)
Skills Checklist Assessments
The Math Skills Checklist Assessments are a set of diagnostic tests with results reported in both percent and number correct that are used to assess the abilities and knowledge of a student in a particular skill set. These tests may be given before or after teaching the skill, and there are 28 Math skills tests available to give to students. The Math Skills Checklist Assessments can be given at any point during the year.
Math skills tested by the Math Skills Checklist Assessments suite of tests:
- PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:10 – Using Manipulatives)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:10 – Using Numbers)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:10 – Problem Solving)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:20 – Using Manipulatives)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:20 – Using Numbers)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:20 – Problem Solving)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:100 – No Regroup – Using Manipulatives)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:100 – No Regroup – Using Numbers)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:100 – No Regroup – Problem Solving)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:100 – w/ Regroup – Using Manipulatives)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:100 – w/ Regroup – Using Numbers)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:100 – w/ Regroup – Problem Solving/ Estimating)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:1000 – Using Manipulatives)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:1000 – Using Numbers)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:1000 – Problem Solving/ Estimating)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:10 – Count, Order, Place Value)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:10 – Representation)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:20 – Count, Place Value)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:20 – Representation)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:20 – Ordering)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:100 – Count)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:100 – Representation)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:100 – Ordering)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:100 – Place Value)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:1000 – Count)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:1000 – Representation)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:1000 – Ordering)
- PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:1000 – Place Value)
Is this test timed?
No, this test is not timed. Children generally spend about an hour per subject.
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