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MAP Testing

MAP Testing

All students at RIS take the NWEA MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tests three times a year in September, February, and May. The MAP test is a computer based adaptive assessment: the student takes the test on the computer, and it adjusts its level of difficulty based on the responses of the student. MAP allows schools to assess students for growth in acquiring these skills and gives teachers and parents specific goals on how to help children progress on the continuum of skills acquisition. Test performance is measured in the RIT scale, an equal – interval scale that is a stable unit of measurement that is not dependent on a student’s grade level. MAP Testing is one of the remarkable assessments for teachers to gather information on your child’s academic growth and skills development throughout the school year. MAP testing data provides resources for RIS to differentiate and adjust instruction for individuals students, groups of students, or entire classes based on results of the assessment, as appropriate.

Useful Resources and Links


    • NWEA Parent Tool Kit – Resource guide created by NWEA for families which includes a FAQ, tips and website links. (pdf)
    • RIT Reference Charts – These show examples of the types of questions at each RIT level for the different versions of the MAP test, and by subject:
      • MATH 2-5 RIT Reference Chart (pdf)
      • MATH 6+ RIT Reference Chart (pdf)
      • READING RIT Reference Chart (pdf)
      • LANGUAGE USAGE Reference Chart (pdf)
      • SCIENCE Reference Chart (pdf)
    • 2014 Comparative Data (pdfNWEA’s most recent data showing an average score for each grade level for the time of year.
    • Vocabulary Lists:   Math (pdf)     Reading (pdf)     Language Usage (pdf)   Science (pdf)       These are the lists of vocabulary from the MAP assessments broken into RIT ranges for when they should be introduced into the curriculum.