The MAP Growth Test has, over the years, become increasingly popular among schools in the United States. MAP’s unique quality lies in its measuring of students' personal academic progress. MAP testing scores chart a student’s academic growth in a manner that is easy for both parents and teachers to understand. Preparing for the test can give your child the opportunity to not only reach his or her potential, but to maximize it.
To calculate MAP assessment scores, NWEA uses the RIT, or Rasch unIT scale. This scale measures the value of a student’s score in relation to his or her scores on previous tests. Each RIT score indicates a point on a continuous scale of learning. These NWEA scores are not to be interpreted as target scores, but rather as benchmarks of a student’s academic skill level over a given period of time. Questions on the MAP receive their RIT values after being tested on thousands of students across the United States. Responses to items throughout a student’s test are used to produce the final RIT score for that student.
The numerical (RIT) value given to a student predicts that at that specific difficulty level, a student is likely to answer about 50% of the questions correctly. Results are scored across an even interval scale, meaning that the difference between scores remains consistent regardless of whether a student scores high or low. It also means that grade level is not a factor. Since the MAP test is taken on a computer, once the child finishes the test, scores are immediately available.
These NWEA reports show the MAP scores percentiles distribution in fall 2020 based on grade level. In order to understand how well a student performed on the test, his or her RIT score is compared to all of the other results from students in the same age group (the same grade). This measurement is called a percentile, and it tells you what percentage of your child’s peers he or she outperformed on the test.
For example, according to the first row of the chart for 5^{th} grade (you can change the grade with the arrows on the left), in order to score better than 95% of your peers, you would need to receive a 234 in mathematics, a 228 in language usage, and a 231 in reading. An alternative example can be a 5^{th}-grade student who scored 233 in mathematics – a little bit below the 95^{th} percentile, 212 in language usage – a little bit above the 69^{th} percentile, and 190 in reading – a bit above the 16^{th} percentile.
Use the NWEA percentile benchmarks below to better understand your child’s latest test score, compared with others.
Note:
There are no NWEA MAP Language Usage tests in kindergarten and 1st grade. In addition, there are no available norms for the Language Usage section for 12th grade because an insufficient number of students in this grade took this section.
All MAP test percentiles are from the NWEA website.
A typical NWEA MAP Growth Scores Report, in a nutshell, is designed to show you how your student has progressed academically both overall and from semester to semester. Find out how to read and interpret the different components of an NWEA MAP Test Scores Report, including the graph, table, and descriptors.
*Report taken from the official NWEA Site*
Inside the Graph |
---|
The graph in the student progress report provides insight to academic ability and advancement in a four-part fashion: Individual Student Progress: The blue line in the graph represents only the student's progress and allows parents and educators to analyze the student's academic development in terms of his or her own personal achievement. District Grade Level Mean: The orange line provides insight into the average student’s progress within the district. This allows you to view your student's score in a local context. Norm Grade Level Mean RIT Score: The yellow line provides insight into the average student progress on a national scale. While this information is useful for parents, it is exceptionally beneficial for educators, as they can gain insight into district performance in comparison to the rest of the country. Future Progress Prediction: The dotted line in the graph provides a prediction for your student's future progress, on the basis of how they have performed in the past. *Graph taken from the official NWEA Site* |
Inside the Table |
---|
In the table next to the graph you will find insight into your student's progress from year to year in terms of RIT scores. RIT (+/- Std Err)- shows the student's RIT scores, with the middle number being the actual RIT score achieved, and the other two numbers providing a range indicating that if the student were to take the test again they would likely score within these values. RIT Growth- shows student's RIT growth from one semester to another. More often than not, the column shows the growth from one fall semester to the next. Growth Projection- shows the prediction of a student's growth. *Table taken from the official NWEA Site* |
Inside the Descriptors |
---|
The role of the descriptors below the graph is to provide more details into the student's abilities within specific components of a given subject area. These descriptors are exceptionally useful in helping you map out where to start in your preparation process for the next test. In the examples below, skill level is represented by RIT scores. In addition, a lexile range is included, which helps parents and educators determine a student’s reading level and match him or her with appropriate texts. *Descriptors taken from the official NWEA Site* Note that some reports may present levels through ratings other than RIT scores: Low- <21st percentile |
RIT scores are used to track your child’s progress over a period of time. The scores are not meant to be used as a tool of comparison between students, nor are the scores used as an indication of course achievement. MAP scoring is a means of representing your child’s academic skill set. Proper preparation can provide a more accurate report of these academic abilities.
Because of MAP's unique RIT scoring system, it is often used as a means to spot gifted students. Check out our MAP Test Scores Gifted Charts below to get an idea of what a gifted score may look like:
**Please note that our charts are only an estimation of gifted measurement and reflects solely upon the top percentile norms of 2020 (the 95th and 84th percentiles).
Grade | Mathematics | Language | Reading | |||
K | 160 | 152 | -- | -- | 157 | 149 |
1 | 181 | 172 | -- | -- | 177 | 169 |
2 | 196 | 188 | 200 | 190 | 197 | 187 |
3 | 211 | 202 | 213 | 203 | 214 | 203 |
4 | 223 | 214 | 222 | 212 | 224 | 213 |
5 | 234 | 224 | 228 | 219 | 231 | 221 |
6 | 241 | 231 | 233 | 224 | 237 | 227 |
7 | 249 | 238 | 237 | 227 | 241 | 231 |
8 | 256 | 244 | 240 | 230 | 246 | 235 |
9 | 259 | 246 | 242 | 232 | 250 | 238 |
10 | 262 | 249 | 244 | 234 | 251 | 239 |
11 | 266 | 252 | 245 | 236 | 253 | 241 |
*Please note that there are no NWEA MAP Language Usage tests in kindergarten and 1st grade.
RIT scores are expected to increase over time. Scores of students in lower grades tend to increase more quickly than those of students in higher grades due to the increased level of difficulty of the higher grade-level tests. RIT scores generally range between 140 and 300. In third grade, students usually score anywhere between 140 and 190, and in higher grade levels they may progress to a score between 240 and 300.
Though the NWEA reports may help you understand your child’s score better, they are not enough to ensure a better one in the future. To receive a better MAP test percentile ranking, your child needs to practice using the correct study tools.
Our MAP practice packs can gauge your child's abilities, whether your child is at the top of the class or needs some extra guidance. Our practice tests with varying levels of difficulty in every test subject will help your child improve, no matter what his or her level is.
With over 800 questions to work with, your child is guaranteed to feel challenged. Access our MAP practice material today so your child can feel confident and prepared on test day.
The OLSAT, NNAT, CogAT, New York City Gifted and Talented Test, MAP, and other trademarks are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of the trademark holders are affiliated with TestPrep-Online or this website.