February 6, 2017
The Jeffrey Clark and Samuel Mickle Schools are sending home today your child’s Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) test results. These tests determine your child’s instructional level, measure academic growth throughout the school year, and measure academic growth from year to year in the areas of Reading and Math.
MAP tests are unique in that they are adaptive tests administered on a computer. That means the test became increasingly more difficult as your child answered questions correctly. When your child incorrectly answered a question, the test became easier. Therefore, your child took a test specifically created for his or her learning level.
Your child’s MAP results are reported in RIT scores. This is a different type of score than a typical test that provides a percentage correct. It is also different from many tests that provide results based on your child’s score compared to others in his or her grade. Instead, the RIT score is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, that is independent of grade level. As a result, we can easily measure growth in learning. This type of score increases the value of the tests as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers to recognize where to focus attention for your child’s learning. Our teachers use this information to plan instruction that reflects students’ needs.
MAP testing is a powerful tool for identifying students’ instructional levels and monitoring student growth over time. For more information on resources for parents, please visit NWEA’s “Resources for Parents” at https://www.nwea.org/assessments/resources-for-parents/.
Thank you for taking an active interest in your child’s education.
Dr. Kimberley Chiodi
Use your child's RiT score to match activities to their level: