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.