Given to all kindergarten through eighth-grade students, MAP assessments are untimed achievement tests taken on computers that measure a student's skills in math and reading. All students take the assessment in the fall, winter, and spring. MAP tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
MAP tests measure a student's individual progress or growth in school each year. The tests are tailored to each student's achievement level. The testing software acts to instantly analyze the student's response to each test item. It then determines the appropriate difficulty level to present throughout the remainder of the test so that students take a test that is just right for them — not too hard or too easy— for a more accurate picture of their instructional level.
Student scores are linked to a learning continuum, a tool that informs teachers of skills that each student is ready to learn. This teacher resource is used in planning instruction for large groups, small groups, and individual students.
What do MAP tests cover?
Each MAP test is made up of goals aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Goals for math include operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations, geometry, and measurement and data at the K-5 level. At the 6-8 level, goals include operations and algebraic thinking, the real and complex number systems, geometry, and statistics and probability. Goals for reading include literature, informational text, and vocabulary acquisition and use.
Do all students take the same test?
No. MAP assessments are designed to target a student’s academic performance in reading and math. Tests are tailored to each child’s current achievement level. The computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique test.
Some Terms used in testing:
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP): computer-administered tests that result in a RIT Scale score.
RIT Scale score: a measure of individual achievement. It shows a student's current achievement level along the learning continuum. The RIT Scale was developed by Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). The score is unrelated to the age or grade of the student but reflects the level at which the student is currently performing.
Percentile scores: are used to compare a student to a larger group of students in the same grade. Percentile means a student scores as well as or better than that percent of students taking the test in his or her grade at the same point in the school year. NWEA-MAP tests are normed frequently using a sample consisting of several million children throughout the United States.
Norm-referenced tests: compare student performance to that of other students nationwide. Norm-referenced tests show where students stand in relation to their peers, not to a defined standard of achievement.