NWEA Parent Information
NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
Students in Estes Park School District will be assessed three times a year using the NWEA MAP tests. We give students MAP tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year and also from year to year. Assessments will be given in science, math, language and reading. Tests for 3rd - 12th grade will be administered on iPads. Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade will take the assessments in the computer lab.
MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child's level of learning. Based on student responses, the program adjusts the difficulty of questions throughout the assessment. For example, a student who answers a question correctly will receive a more challenging item while an incorrect answer generates an easier question. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.
The MAP assessment results will reflect what your student is ready to learn. Teachers will use results to individualize learning plans and goals. Students can see their progress across multiple testing sessions. Parents will better understand their child's learning goals and progress. Parents can access the Parent Toolkit as www.nwea.org/resources/parent-toolkit/ .
Commonly Used Terms
The average RIT score for all students in the school district in the same grade who were tested at the same time as your child.
Norm Group Average
The average score of students who were in the same grade and tested in the same term as observed in the latest NWEA norming study.
Percentiles are used to compare one student's performance to that of the norm group. Percentile means the student scored as well as, or better than, that percent of students taking the test in his/her grade. There is about a 68 percent chance that a student's percentile ranking would fall within this range if the student tested again relatively soon.
This number indicates the percentage of students in the NWEA norm group for this grade that this student's score equaled or exceeded. The percentile rank is a normative statistic that indicates how well a student performed in comparison to the students in the norm group. A student's percentile rank indicates that the student scored as well as, or better than, the percent of students in the norm group. In other words, a student with a percentile rank of 72 scored as well as, or better than 72 percent of the students in the norm group.
Tests developed by NWEA use a scale called RIT to measure student achievement and growth. RIT stands for Rasch UnIT, which is a measurement scale developed to simplify the interpretation of test scores. The RIT score relates directly to the curriculum scale in each subject area. It is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, so scores can be added together to calculate accurate class or school averages. RIT scores range from about 100 to 300. RIT scores make it possible to follow a student's educational growth from year to year.
Standards are statements, developed by states or districts, of what students should know and be able to do, related to specific academic areas.