Understanding MAP Testing Results

Educators need reliable, accurate data to create an effective educational experience – and they need it fast. MAP assessments provide actionable data for every student, delivered quickly and correlated to their curriculum and standards.

Understanding RIT

Every test item on a MAP assessment corresponds to a value on the RIT Scale (for Rasch Unit), so educators gain a deep understanding of what a student knows. RIT assigns a value of difficulty to each item, and with an equal interval measurement, so the difference between scores is the same regardless of whether a student is at the top, bottom, or middle of the scale. RIT measures understanding regardless of grade level, so the information helps to track a student’s progress from year to year.

Interpreting Scores - Simplified

The scores produced by MAP assessments allow educators to see each student’s level of understanding around specific concepts, and RIT reference charts are an essential part of that process. Divided into four subject categories, the charts show which topics and sub-topics the student has mastered, and which goals represent opportunities for growth.

NWEA tests produce scores that make it possible to monitor student growth from year to year along developmental curriculum scales or continua. 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.

Please note that each subject-area has a unique alignment to the RIT scale. As a result, scores between subjects are not equivalent. Additionally, within science, the two scales—Concepts & Processes, and General Science—are not equivalent.