Creating a personal learning journey

We know that children learn better—and faster—when teachers have a clear picture of what each student knows and what they are ready to learn next.

That’s why our assessments react to each student’s answers. In the testing world, this makes our tests “adaptive,” or personalized to measure the needs of every student.

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Understanding MAP Growth

What is MAP Growth?

MAP Growth is a computer adaptive test created by NWEA that kids take two to three times per school year. The results provide teachers with information to help them deliver appropriate content for each student and determine each student’s academic growth over time.

What does it mean to be computer adaptive?

Computer adaptive tests adjust to each student’s learning level, providing a unique set of test questions based on their responses to previous questions. As the student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty.

What does MAP Growth measure?

MAP Growth measures what students know, regardless of their grade level. It also measures growth over time, allowing you to track your student’s progress throughout the school year and across multiple years.

What is a RIT score?

After each MAP Growth test, results are delivered in the form of a RIT score that reflects the student’s academic knowledge, skills, and abilities. Think of this score like marking height on a growth chart. You can tell how tall your child is at various points in time and how much they have grown between one stage and another.

The RIT (Rasch Unit) scale is a stable, equal-interval scale. Equal-interval means that a change of 10 RIT points indicates the same thing regardless of whether a student is at the top, bottom, or middle of the scale, and a RIT score has the same meaning regardless of grade level or age of the student. You can compare scores over time to tell how much growth a student has made.

How do schools and teachers use MAP Growth scores?

Teachers can use the score to inform instruction, personalize learning, and monitor the growth of individual students. Principals and administrators can use the scores to see the performance and progress of a grade level, school, or the entire district.

Can MAP Growth tell me if my student is working at grade level?

Yes, but please note that MAP Growth scores are just one data point that teachers use to determine how a child is performing. Please discuss any questions that you have about your student’s performance with their teacher.

What subjects are available with MAP Growth?

There are MAP Growth tests for grades 2 – 12 in reading, language usage, math, and science.

There are also primary grades tests for grades K – 2, referred to as MAP Growth K-2, in reading and math. With these child-friendly tests for young learners, students wear headphones, since many questions include audio to assist students still learning to read.

How often will my student take MAP Growth tests?

Most schools give MAP Growth tests to students at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year (in the fall, winter, and spring). Some schools choose to administer tests only twice a year.

Is MAP Growth a standardized test? How is it different from “high stakes” or state tests?

MAP Growth is administered periodically during the school year. Instead of asking all students the same questions, it adjusts to each child’s performance—giving a more accurate measure of what they know. Teachers also receive results right away, which enables them to react more quickly.

What types of questions are on MAP Growth tests? Are there sample tests?

The MAP Growth tests include multiple choice, drag-and-drop, and other types of questions. You can view our  WarmUp Test to get an idea of what the questions look like.

Are MAP Growth tests accessible?

Yes, NWEA is committed to making our tests accessible for all students. Visit our Accessibility and Accommodations page for more details.

What information will I receive from my student’s school?

Most schools will provide your student’s Family Report, which contains information and scores from your student’s most recent and past MAP Growth tests.

How do I learn more about my student's test results, and who do I contact with specific questions?

Ask your student’s school or teacher about your their test results and what more you can do to help your student achieve their academic goals.

Due to privacy laws regarding student information (specifically stemming from the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act [FERPA]), NWEA is unable to discuss any student information, test results, or school assessment programs directly with parents, guardians, or other family members.

What does NWEA do with my student’s information? Is it secure?

NWEA uses technological and operational measures to ensure security and privacy, including regular security audits and monitoring, technological controls, physical access controls, and privacy training for employees.

NWEA does not use your student’s personally identifiable information (PII) for any purpose other than to provide services to their school. Combined information that has been stripped of PII, and therefore is not traceable to any student, is used for research and development so we can continuously improve our products and accelerate learning for all students.

We do not sell PII. Data sharing (if any) is completely at the control of the educational institutions that purchase our products.

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