NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION
What is MAP?
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a computerized adaptive test offered in Reading and Math that provides Lakewood educators with information to improve teaching and learning. The difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly the questions become easier. In an optimal test, a student answers approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level.
It is important to understand that the MAP test is one test at one point in time. It does not measure intelligence or a student’s capacity for learning. When making important decisions about students, school staff will consider the MAP test results along with other data such as classroom performance, other test scores, and input from parents and teachers.
How long does it take to complete a test?
Although the tests are not timed, it usually takes students in grades 3-10 about one hour to complete each test. Students in grades K -2 usually take 15 to 30 minutes per test.
When will my child be tested and how often?
Students will be tested in the Fall, Winter, and Spring
Do all students in the same grade take the same test?
No. MAP assessments are designed to target a student’s academic performance in math, reading, language usage, and science by adjusting the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique test. These tests are tailored to an individual’s current achievement level. This gives each student a fair opportunity to show what he or she knows and can do.
How are MAP tests scored?
Student results are reported in RIT scores (short for Rasch Unit). A RIT score is an estimation of a student’s instructional level and also measures student progress or growth in school. (Fall, Winter, Spring Norms / Grade) You may have a chart in your home to mark your child’s height at certain times. This is a growth chart to show how much he or she has grown from one year to the next. MAP assessments do the same sort of thing, except they measure your child’s academic growth in math, reading, language usage, and science from year to year. This type of score increases the value of the tests as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers to pinpoint what students have learned and what students are ready to learn. (Comparative Data Chart)
How do teachers use the test scores?
Teachers use this information to help them guide instruction in the classroom and to keep track of progress and growth in basic skills. The scores let teachers know where a student’s strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas.