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MAP - Measures of Academic Progress

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The Measures of Academic Progress are computer administered and scored achievement tests designed to measure growth in student learning for individual students, classrooms, schools, and the district. Tests for mathematics, reading, and language usage are given in the elementary and middle schools.  Tests for science are given in grades 3 through 8. These tests yield a national percentile score as well as a growth scale score (RIT).  Plano administers MAP in the fall, winter, and spring. (Fall testing is a campus decision.)

The MAP RIT Scale

The RIT Scale is a curriculum scale that uses individual item difficulty values to estimate student achievement. An advantage of the RIT scale is that it can relate the numbers on the scale directly to the difficulty of items on the tests. In addition, the RIT scale is an equal interval scale. Equal interval means that the difference between scores is the same regardless of whether a student is at the top, bottom, or middle of the RIT scale, and it has the same meaning regardless of grade level. RIT scales, like scales underlying most educational tests, are built from data about the performance of individual examinees on individual items.

MAP tests produce scores that make it possible to monitor student growth from year to year along developmental curriculum scales. The RIT Charts show examples of the kinds of work students can do at various points along the NWEA RIT scale, assuming they have been exposed to the content. This type of information is helpful in supporting appropriate instruction.

How to use the RIT Charts

Reading, Math, Science and Language Usage.

  1. Find the column containing the student’s Concepts and Processes or General Science score for a particular reporting area. For example, if the student’s science score in “Unifying Concepts of Science” is 188, refer to the column labeled 181–190.
  2. Read down the column to locate a sample test question for a given reporting area, such as “Unifying Concepts of Science.” A student’s score suggests that, currently, the student is likely to get about half of the questions of this difficulty correct.
  3. Now look at the questions in the column(s) to the left. The student is likely to get most of these correct, assuming he or she has been instructed in these skills and concepts.
  4. The questions in the column(s) to the right will probably require new learning on the student’s part.

MAP Resources

  1. MAP Parent Toolkit from NWEA-MAP PDF file
  2. MAP PowerPoint for StudentsOpens new window
  3. MAP Normative Data for each grade and Fall, Winter, and Spring PDF file
  4. What Parents Should Know MAP Letter - English PDF file
  5. What Parents Should Know MAP Letter - Spanish PDF file

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