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Common Core Standards constitute only one aspect of establishing high academic expectations. At NWEA, we believe in strong curriculum development, teacher preparation and professional development, engaged students, and an effective accountability system that provides information educators can use to increase student learning.

Content validity in Common Core MAP

Understanding item complexity, DOK, and more

Common Core Assessments

Are you transitioning to—or implementing—your Common Core State Standards (CCSS)?

You’ll find our Common Core Measures of Academic Progress® interim assessments provide you with a mature, stable scale that measures not only on- or off-grade proficiency on Common Core standards, but growth over time.

Common Core MAP® and MAP for Primary Grades provide useful, instructionally relevant, and reliable data that helps you:

  • inform in-the-moment instructional practices
  • gain valuable insights into each student’s college readiness
  • view grade-independent academic growth
  • provide a more rounded view of student achievement and growth should your Common Core Summative Assessment(s) show proficiency level drops 

Grade-independent Common Core MAP interim assessments deliver valid, reliable, and real-time growth and proficiency data. Our cross-grade item pool lets you assess grade 3 – 12 students who are performing below, on-grade, or above grade level with appropriate levels of challenge that neither bore nor overwhelm. As a result, you get key instructional insights into all student populations—including high- and low-performing students and special needs students.

Common Core MAP accelerates your transition to CCSS by letting you:

  • inform in-the-moment instructional practices by identifying every student’s strengths and opportunities for improvement
  • track student progress from fall to spring
  • predict college readiness
  • generate valid growth data to use when evaluating programs within and across your schools
  • boost your students’ comfort with computer adaptive assessments by permitting them to “try out” new item types anticipated in the Consortia summative assessments

Our assessments align to each state's version of the Common Core standards. Paired with Common Core MAP® for Primary Grades (MPG), MAP allows you to establish longitudinal data continuity for each student and the whole district, K – 12.

Created for kindergarten – grade 2 students, computer adaptive Common Core MAP® for Primary Grades (MPG) interim assessments give you real-time student growth data that allows you to maximize individual student learning well before high-stakes testing begins.

Whether your students are performing below, on-grade, or above grade level, MPG lets you assess them with developmentally appropriate levels of challenge that neither bore nor overwhelm. MPG also comes with supplemental skill mastery assessments that target core early childhood skills.   

While MPG offers your youngest students colorful graphics and audio support, you receive valid, reliable data as well as longitudinal growth and norms. Use Common Core MPG data to:

  • identify student learning levels and target skill gaps through differentiated instruction, including Response to Intervention (RTI) efforts
  • measure student growth and achievement and predict student performance on high-stakes 3rd grade state tests 
  • track both individual and district-wide student achievement independent of grade level

Our assessments align to each state's version of the Common Core standards. Paired with Common Core MAP, MPG allows you to establish longitudinal data continuity for each student and the whole district, K – 12.

Suggested use: fall, winter, and spring.

The National Center on Response to Intervention recognizes MPG as a universal screening tool.  

Common Core Resources

(New) Common Core MAP Goal Structure Chart for July 2014 Test Release - Get a detailed view of the content breakdown by goal and sub-goal in Version 5 of Common Core MAP Mathematics, Reading, and Language tests.  This chart will accompany the new Common Core MAP tests to be released in July 2014.

(New) Learn what content validity means in a computer adaptive test like MAP—and how to judge whether an assessment measures what it intends to measure. View the videos

(New) A Powerful Pairing – PARCC and MAP Assessments Download pdf

(New) Introduction to MAP -An Introduction to the MAP Computer Adaptive Interim Assessment Download pdf

(New) Learn more about how Common Core MAP will support your transition to Common Core State Standards.

(New) White Paper - "Better Together: How Smarter Balanced Districts can Gain Critical Teaching and Learning Data with MAP - Today and Beyond" discusses the critical role Common Core MAP continues to fill as you move to Smarter Balanced summative assessments. Download pdf

About the Common Core State Standards - Learn about the purpose and intent behind the standards, and the results of an analysis conducted by NWEA Academic Service.  Read more

Assessment Literacy- Common Core State Standards - Visit Assessment Literacy and get a comprehensive look at the CCSS as well as links to important resources. Read more

MAP and MPG Resources

Sample Technology-enhanced Item Types in Common Core MAP - Learn  about each new item type and see interactive examples. Read more. 

RIT Stability Through the Transition to Common Core MAP Tests - Learn how using MAP to measure student learning is reliable now and in 2014.  Download pdf

Common Core MAP and MPG FAQ - Learn about our Common Core growth measures and find answers to common questions about the tests.   Download pdf

MAP Goal Structure Chart - Get a detailed view of the content breakdown by goal and sub-goal in Version 4 of Common Core-aligned Mathematics, Reading and Language MAP tests.   Download pdf

MPG Goal Structure Chart - Get a detailed view of the content breakdown by goal and sub-goal in Version 2 of Common Core-aligned Mathematics and Reading MAP for Primary Grades (MPG) tests.   Download pdf

MPG Crosswalk - Understand how the current goals and sub-goals for MAP for Primary Grades will shift under the Common Core alignment.   Download pdf