Web-Based MAP Partner Support FAQ

Answers to common questions about Web-Based MAP.

If your district/school is experiencing intermittent slowness, white screens, or the inability to click on various buttons when testing

Can my students test on an iPad® and Chromebook®?

Should I update my lockdown browser?

What should I do if I can’t remember my login information? 

Can I use Common Core MAP assessments this year?

How can I tell what test package I have?

What warm-up material is available?  

What should I do if a student took the wrong test?

Where can I find import profile templates?

What should I do to resolve my Roster file error? 

How can I order multiple Class Reports?

When will my reports be available?

What are the NWEA test windows? 

 

If your district/school is experiencing intermittent slowness, white screens, or the inability to click on various buttons when testing, please ensure the following:

On equipment that sits between the testing machine and NWEA servers, please whitelist *.mapnwea.org. Examples of equipment include, but are not limited to:

  • Firewalls (hardware/software)
  • Content Filters
  • Proxy Servers/Caching

 

Please ensure that *.mapnwea.org is added to the whitelist and allow the changes to propagate. If you are uncertain about these changes, please contact your district/school technical support team to check these settings.

 

Can my students test on an iPad® and Chromebook®?

MAP assessments in Math, Reading, Language Usage, and Science for grades 3+ can now be used on an iPad. The new version is accessible via the Safari browser, and may be used on iPad v2 or later (but not on the iPad mini). Please note that MAP for Primary Grades (MPG) cannot be used on an iPad.

MAP assessments also now work on the Chromebook platform.  This includes all MAP tests, including MAP for Primary Grades (MPG). In addition, Proctors can use a Chromebook to administer testing and access reports. Please restart the browser between tests, particularly on Chromebooks with less than 4 GBs of RAM.

 

For current system requirements, see http://www.nwea.org/resources/QRM2_System_Requirements_QuickRef.pdf

Should I update my lockdown browser?

Yes. Prior to testing please make sure you download the latest versions of NWEA’s lockdown browser. The latest Windows version is (5.0.165.0) and the latest Mac version is (3.0.02)  

What should I do if I can’t remember my login information? 

There is a "Forgot username/Password?" link under the main login screen. This will send your login information to the e-mail address we have for you.

Can I use Common Core MAP assessments this year?

If you want to use NWEA’s Common Core assessments please contact Partner Support .  We recommend that you change make this change prior to Fall testing to provide consistent goal structures from Fall through Spring.

How can I tell what test package I have?

To verify your test package, login in as an Assessment Coordinator or System Administrator.  Select “modify preferences”, and then select “modify tests” to view the available tests list. The available tests list will only show tests for which your district is licensed. If you are interested in additional tests, please contact your Partner Relations Representative. 

What warm-up material is available?  

For students taking the MAP tests for Math, Reading, Language Usage, and Science for grades 3+ there is a five-item sample test that lets students practice with typical items they may see on a test.   There is also a video that introduces kids to MAP.

For students taking an MPG test there is a two-minute video that shows kids how a MAP test works. It is followed by another short video that shows sample items, and then kids are given a chance to try items for themselves.

The same warm-up material is also available to instructors from MARC.

What should I do if a student took the wrong test?

NWEA often gets this question, and there is no right answer that works in every situation. Here is some information about the tests and reports that will help you decide whether to retest. 

  • The 2-5 and 6+ tests are on the same measurement scale (e.g. math or reading) and the overall RIT scores are therefore comparable. There is nothing inherently wrong with the RIT score of a test event when the student’s grade does not match the test level.  However, it is useful to consider the difference between the student’s grade and the intended grade of the test. It is more likely useful to retest a 2nd grader who took a 6+ test than a 5th grader who took a 6+ test.  This is because the specific content is more likely to be unfamiliar to the younger student.
  • Items are calibrated according to their level on the RIT scale. Subject matter itself does not play a role in that calibration. Two items of the same RIT level can cover subject matter which is vastly different.  The  high RIT level items available in the 2-5 item pool cover content typically seen by lower grade students, while  items in the 6+ item pool in the same RIT range will cover content typically seen by upper grade students.
  • The 6+ tests have access to all items in the 2-5 tests, plus items consisting of content expected to be taught to upper grade students.

Where can I find import profile templates?

Please refer to the Information Center located in the bottom half of the MAP Administration and Reporting Center (MARC) home page. There you will find links to both the Roster File and Programs File templates. The roster and programs files are in .csv format and must match the templates provided by NWEA. The roster file template contains a separate tab for each type of roster import. For students included in the Programs File, student IDs must exactly match those listed in the Roster File.

More information is available in the Help Center, which can be accessed by clicking the "Help" link in the upper right corner of the MARC.

What should I do to resolve my Roster file error? 

If you are using Excel 2007 or 2010 please follow these steps:

1. Select the top row with the header
2. Click on the "Home" Tab at the top
3. Under Editing choose "Sort & Filter"
4. Select "Filter" from the window that opened up
5. Click on the arrow in the column you want to sort and filter accordingly

If you are using Excel 2003 please follow these steps:

1. Select the top row with the header
2. From the Data menu, select "Filter"
3. From the Submenu, select "AutoFilter"
4. Click on the arrow in the column you want to sort and filter accordingly

How can I order multiple Class Reports?

When under View Reports & Instructional Resources >> MAP Reports >> Class Report, you have the option to select(s) from a list provided. If more than one school is selected, all instructors, classes and students from the schools selected will be included in the report.

A PDF-format of the report is then created and is either available from the Report Details page or from the Reports Queue for download.

In the Report Details page, click “View/Print” or “Download” to view the report results.

Please note, if more than one school is selected, the extracted file will have the Class Report broken down into individual folders by School Names.

When will my reports be available?

During peak testing, we may continue to process reporting for class, grade, and district reporting during the nightly processing window. These reports will be available the following day at the latest.

What are the NWEA test windows?

Our standard test windows this year are as follows.

Fall: 8/15/2013 through 11/30/2013

Winter: 12/01/2013 through 2/28/2014

Spring: 3/1/2014 through 6/15/2014

Summer:  6/16/2013 through 8/14/2014

  • Your district’s test window may not coincide with NWEA's standard dates.
  • Test windows may not overlap from term to term. For example, your Winter term cannot end on March 1 if your Spring term begins on February 20.