Understanding M.A.P.

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GAMES by RIT score (skill building)

What is M.A.P.?

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a state-aligned, computerized, adaptive assessment program that provides teachers with the information they need to improve teaching and learning and make student-focused, data-driven decisions. Students in grades 1st thru 6th are tested three times per year in math and reading. Educators use the growth and achievement data from MAP to develop individual instructional strategies and to plan school improvement.

  • Is not an accountability test
  • Generates test questions based on student responses (self adjusting)
  • Reports student results in RIT (Rasch Unit) scores
  • Gives immediate results
  • Is aligned to California curriculum standards
  • Measures growth over time

How does it work?

MAP growth is a computer adaptive test. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This type of assessment challenges top performers without overwhelming students whose skill are below grade-level standard.

What does it measure?

MAP growth uses a RIT scale to measure what students know regardless of their grade level. It also measures growth over time allowing you to track your child's progress throughout the school year and across multiple years. Once your child completes a MAP test, they receive a RIT score. It enables teachers and parents to understand where to focus attention for the child's optimum learning.

What is RIT?

When students finish their MAP growth test, they receive a number called a RIT score for each area they are tested in (math or reading). This score represents a student's achievement level at the moment and helps measure their academic growth over time. The RIT scale is a stable scale, like feet and inches, that accurately measures student performance regardless of age, grades, or grade level. Like marking height on a growth chart, and being able to see how tall your child is at various points in time, you can also see how much they have grown between tests.

What is normative data?

Shows the national average RIT scores for different grade levels for schools participating in the NWEA-MAP program.

MAP normative charts

Understanding the Student Progress Report