What is MAP?
The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) are computer administered and scored achievement tests designed to measure growth in student learning for individual students, classrooms, and the school as a whole. Tests for mathematics and reading are given to grades K-8.† Tests for language usage are given in grades 2-8. These tests yield a national percentile score as well as a growth scale score (RIT).† St. Odilia administers MAP in the fall and spring.
What is the Purpose of MAP?
- Provides teachers with information to improve student learning;
- Monitors academic growth and consistently tracks progress over time;
- Informs students, teachers and families about student skills;
- Provides information to help make data driven decisions about instruction.
MAP Results are reported using two scalesóRIT and Percentiles. In addition, students are given a Lexile score for reading.
RIT (Rasch unITs) are used to show a studentís current achievement on a scale that is independent of grade level. These scores show growth over time. RIT scores show what students are ready to learn rather than what they have already mastered.
Percentiles are used to compare a student to a large group of students of similar age or grade level. These scores are useful to compare students around the country. For example, a student at the 85th percentile ranks the same as or higher than 85 students in a group of 100.
Lexile Scores: Along with reading RIT scores, MAP assessments also report Lexile scores. With its unique reading scale and set of corresponding tools, the Lexile Framework for Reading provides another way to measure a student's reading level and growth. The framework helps educators and parents select reading materials that appropriately challenge students, thereby guiding the development of stronger reading skills.†
- MAP Parent Toolkit from NWEA-MAP†
- MAP Normative Data for each grade and Fall, Winter, and Spring
- Student Introduction to MAP Testing Video and Sample Questions
- Student Progress Report Guide
- Understanding Negative Growth