Measures of Academic Progress

Understanding each student’s academic level gives teachers the power to help them excel. MAP® computerized adaptive assessments are the tools that make it possible – providing educators with the detailed information they need to build curriculum and meet their students’ needs, one child at a time.


A Tool for Teachers

Created by educators for educators, MAP assessments provide detailed, actionable data about where each child is on their unique learning path. Because student engagement is essential to any testing experience, NWEA works with educators to create test items that interest children and help to capture detail about what they know and what they’re ready to learn. It’s information teachers can use in the classroom to help every child, every day.

Adapting the Test to the Student

MAP dynamically adapts to a student’s responses – as they take the test.

  • Answer a question correctly and the test presents a more challenging item
  • Miss a question, and MAP offers a simpler item

In this way, the test narrows in on a student’s learning level, engaging them with content that allows them to succeed.

Available Assessments

Delivered over the web or through your local network, MAP is a complete set of assessments aligned to national and state curricula and standards:

  • MAP:  Reading, mathematics and language
  • MAP for Primary Grades:  Reading and mathematics
  • Science Assessment:  General science

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Curriculum Alignment

Measurement of student growth is the hallmark of NWEA assessments, and aligning that data to state and national standards helps keep MAP tests relevant to the educational community.

Data You Can Trust

NWEA researchers and test developers study standards throughout the year to ensure that MAP tests reflect current requirements. Every NWEA assessment, in every state, becomes a resource for educators that enables them to focus on helping every student meet their academic goals, and guiding districts and states toward systemic change.

The MAP Advantage

Understanding a student's true achievement level and academic needs gives educators an advantage when proficiency exams approach. By using MAP assessments, teachers know precisely where each student needs additional instruction, and how students may be grouped for a more effective learning dynamic. MAP tests also help educators prepare for the coming year by providing them with reliable information to guide instructional planning.

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.

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Educators have quick access to their students’ scores, so the assessments become a useful guide from the moment they are completed.

  • A student’s score is generated immediately, and full performance data – with detailed information about each child’s understanding about specific concepts – is available within 24 hours.
  • School-wide achievement reports are presented within 72 hours of test completion.


Classroom Resources

MAP users also gain access to resources that help them interpret the data and put it to use effectively with students, and as a policy guide. Resources include our Descartes: A Continuum of Learning, which organizes information by subjects and goal strands, and a host of professional development offerings including on-site trainings and online courses.