Washburn School Students in Ponce, Puerto Rico will be taking the Map Growth and Map Reading Fluency computer-adaptive assessments later this month.


1. What is MAP?

MAP® is a computer adaptive test created by NWEA that kids take two to three times per school year. The results provide teachers and Washburn School with information to help them deliver appropriate content for each student and determine each student’s academic growth over time.

2. What does it mean to be computer adaptive?

Computer adaptive tests adjust to each student’s learning level, providing a unique set of test questions based on their responses to previous questions. As the student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty.

3. What does MAP measure?

MAP is used to measure a student’s performance level at different times of the school year and compute their academic growth.
4. What is a RIT score?

After each MAP test, results are delivered in the form of a RIT score that reflects the student’s academic knowledge, skills, and abilities. Think of this score like marking height on a growth chart. You can tell how tall your child is at various points in time and how much they have grown between one stage and another.
The RIT (Rasch Unit) scale is a stable, equal-interval scale. Equal-interval means that a change of 10 RIT points indicates the same thing regardless of whether a student is at the top, bottom, or middle of the scale, and a RIT score has the same meaning regardless of grade level or age of the student. You can compare scores over time to tell how much growth a student has made.
5. How do schools and teachers use MAP scores?

MAP helps schools and teachers know what your child is ready to learn at any point in time. Teachers can see the progress of individual students and of their class as a whole. Principals and administrators can see the progress of a grade level, school, or the entire district.

Since students with similar MAP scores are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, it makes it easier for teachers to plan instruction. MAP also provides typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject, and have the same starting performance level. This data is often used to help students set goals and understand what they need to learn to achieve their goals.

5. Can MAP tell me if my child is working at grade level?

Yes. Just as a doctor has a chart showing the most common heights of people at certain ages, NWEA researchers have examined the scores of millions of students and put together charts showing the median RIT scores for students at various grade levels. You can see a chart of these scores in the Comparative Data to Inform Instructional Decisions PDF. Please note that MAP scores are just one data point that teachers use to determine how a student is performing. Please discuss any questions that you have about your child’s performance with your child’s teacher.

6. What subjects are available with MAP?

There are MAP tests for grades 2 – 12 in reading, language usage, math, and science.
There are also primary grades tests for grades K – 2, referred to as MAP for Primary Grades (MPG), in reading and math. With these child-friendly tests for young learners, students wear headphones, since many questions include audio to assist those who are still learning to read.

7. How long is a MAP test?

Tests are not timed, and students may take as much time as they need to complete them (this eliminates some of the pressure and anxiety students may feel about taking tests). Most students take less than an hour to complete a MAP test. MPG tests are typically shorter.

8. Is MAP a standardized test? How is it different from “high- stakes” or state tests?
MAP tests are interim assessments, which means they may be given periodically during the year. MAP is based
on the same standards as the summative (“high-stakes” or state) tests, so they measure similar content. Teachers receive immediate results with MAP that show what students know and what they are ready to learn. The results can be used to help personalize lessons at the appropriate level for the students.
Most state or high-stakes tests measure what students already know—based on what is expected at their grade level—and are typically given at the end of the school year as a way to measure grade-level proficiency.
9. What types of questions are on MAP tests? Are there sample tests?
The MAP tests include multiple choice, drag-and-drop, and other types of questions.

10. What information will I receive from my child’s school?
Most schools will provide your child’s Student Progress Report, which contains information and scores from your child’s most recent and past MAP tests. A simplified sample report with definitions and explanations is included on the last page of this document to help you better understand how to read and interpret the report.

11. How do I learn more about my child’s test results, and who do I contact with specific questions?

Ask your child’s school or teacher about your child’s test results and what more you can do to help your child achieve their academic goals. Due to privacy laws regarding student information (specifically stemming from the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act [FERPA]), NWEA is unable to discuss any student information, test results, or school assessment programs directly with parents, guardians, or other family members.
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