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Assessment: Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

What is MAP?

All Scott County students in grades K-9 take the MAP Assessment three times a year to measure progress. Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), created by NWEA is a state-aligned computerized adaptive assessment that is nationally normed. This assessment helps Scott County educators identify individual needs of each student in order to improve instruction and create a data and student focused environment. Educators use the growth and achievement data from MAP to develop and implement targeted instruction for all students and plan school improvement.

Click here for a link to the NWEA Parent Toolkit. 


Student Scores

Student MAP testing 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. You may have a chart in your home on which you mark your child’s height at certain times, such as on his or her birthday.  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 student’s growth in mathematics, reading, and language usage.  The RIT scale  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.   This type of score increases the value of the tests as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers to see growth among different years and helps pinpoint what students have learned and what students are ready to learn.


What does my child's RIT score mean?

The charts below show grade level means based on national norms from 2011. You may use these charts to help determine if your student is performing at, above, or below grade level compared to students across the nation. If your child's score is the same as the mean, they are performing on grade 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.


Click here to download the percentile norms for 90th to 99th percentile to help teachers set goals for these students.