Some schools use results from the MAP® Growth™ interim assessments from NWEA® in a number of high-stakes ways. These include as a component of their teacher evaluation systems; to determine whether a student advances to the next grade; or as an indicator for student readiness for certain programs or interventions (such as special education or gifted and talented programs). Therefore, guidance is needed about how to protect the integrity of the testing process and the test results.
NWEA offers these guidelines based on our current research and experience with school districts using our tests for high-stakes purposes. NWEA conducts regular research in this area, and we may refine or redefine these guidelines as better information becomes available.