(Taken from NWEA Parent Toolkit)
MAP was introduced to students in grades K-10 during the 2009-2010 school year. MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child's academic growth.
During the first weeks of school, students will participate in several MAP testing sessions to assess Reading, Mathematics, and Lanugage Usage. When taking the MAP test, 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. Although the tests are not timed, it usually takes students in grades two and higher about forty-five minutes to one hour to complete each test. Students will repeat the tests two more times during the year to continually assess student progress and adapt learning as needed.
No. This assessment is designed to target a student's academic performance in mathematics, reading, and language usage. These tests are tailored to an individual's current achievement level. This gives each student an opportunity to show what he or she knows and can do. Because the computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions as the test progresses, each student takes a unique test.
MAP is used to measure a student's progress or growth and performance in school. They are important to teachers because they let teachers know where a student's strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. Teachers use this information to help them guide instruction in the classroom.
Have you ever used a growth chart in your home to show how much your child has grown from one year to the next? This will help you understand the scale MAP uses to measure your child's academic progress. Called the RIT scale (Rasch unIT), it is an equal-interval scale much like feet and inches on a yardstick. It is used to chart your child's academic growth from year to year. RIT scores typically start around 140 in kindergarten at the beginning of the year, to around 212 level in 5th grade and progress to the 225 level by the end of tenth grade in high school.
For more information, please visit the NWEA/MAP Website, and the Parent Toolkit.