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MAP Testing FAQs

Folllowing is some general information regarding the MAP testing.

• What does MAP stand for?
• What are computer adaptive tests?
• What does NWEA stand for?
•  What are the uses of MAP?
•  What grade levels are assessed?
•  What subjects does MAP testing assess?
•  How long does the test take?
•  Will students take both math, reading and science tests on the same day?
•  How many times a year will each student take?
•  Can a test be paused if a child needs to go to the bathroom or needs a break?
•  What happens if a student is absent?
•  When will the results be available?
•  What do the scores on the MAP look like?


Q: What does MAP stand for?
A: MAP is an acronym for Measures of Academic Progress. MAP assessments are computer adaptive achievement tests in Mathematics, Reading and Science.

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Q: What are computer adaptive tests?
A: The computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique test. The difficulty of each question is based on how well the student has answered previous questions.

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Q: What does NWEA stand for?
A: NWEA is an acronym for Northwest Evaluation Association. The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping all children learn. NWEA provides research-based assessments, professional training, and consulting services to improve teaching and learning.

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Q: What are the uses of MAP?
A: MAP tests are based on a continuum of skills in Mathematics and Reading from low skill levels to high skill levels. MAP assessments help teachers identify the instructional level of the student and also provide context for determining where each student is performing in relation to local or state standards and national norms. MAP reports allow teachers to better target instruction based on students’ strengths and needs.

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Q: What grade levels are assessed?
A: Grades 2nd through 8th are assessed.

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Q: What subjects does MAP testing assess?
A: Reading, Language Arts, Math, and Science.

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Q: How long does the test take?
A: The NWEA MAP Mathematics test is roughly 52 items in length. The NWEA MAP Reading test is roughly 42 items in length. Although the tests are untimed, it usually takes students about an hour to complete each subject.

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Q: Will students take both math, reading and science tests on the same day?
A: No. Students will be assigned three separate testing dates, one for the MAP reading test, one for the MAP science test and one for the MAP mathematics test.

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Q: How many times a year will each student take?
A: 3 (beginning (September), middle (January) and the end (May) of the school year) times a year

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Q: Can a test be paused if a child needs to go to the bathroom or needs a break?
A: Yes, the proctor can pause the test at any time during the test session for breaks.

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Q: When will the results be available?
A: Detailed results will be available to the teacher within 24 hours. Students will see their RIT score immediately upon completion of each exam. Parents can request a report with their child’s score from their child’s teacher the day after the final test is completed.

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Q: What do the scores on the MAP look like?
A: MAP test scores are reported at RIT scores. RIT stands for Rausch Interval Unit, and it is a regular measuring scale for best results. A RIT score shows a student’s instructional level of a subject (Reading, Math, Language Usage, and Science).

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