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Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth

The Measure of Academic Progress or MAP tests are achievement measures in mathematics, reading, and science that are administered online. Unlike fixed-form paper and pencil tests with a set group of items, the MAP tests adjusts to each student’s performance, allowing an appropriate test to be developed for that student. Because of this technology, the MAP testing system is able to accommodate and accurately assess students at a variety of achievement levels.


The MAP assessment is nationally normed every 3 to 4 years (most recently in 2020). This allows for comparison of student scores to the “average” scores of other students in the same grade from a wide variety of schools across the country. This will help serve as a starting point for teachers to reveiw data and gain a better understanding of a child’s current instructional level and allow teachers to develop personalized learning plans. 



After each MAP test, students will receive a RIT score ranging from 140 to 300. The score reflects the student’s academic knowledge, skills, and abilities at the time of each administration and can be used to measure the academic growth of a student. The (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 it has the same meaning regardless of the grade level or age of the student. (This is similar in concept as measuring the height of your child in feet and inches each year). 


MAP tests produce scores that make it possible to monitor student growth from year to year along developmental curriculum scales. The RIT charts show examples of kinds of work stuent can do at various points along the NWEA RIT scale, assuming they have been exposed to the content. This type of information is helpful in supporting appropriate instruction.  All MAP tests are based on the state curriculum for Texas (TEKS – Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills).

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