Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Assessment FAQ
1. What is a RIT Score?
A RIT score is a Rasch Unit Score, which is a measure of how students are doing in a subject area independent of age or grade level. These can be used to follow a student's learning up through the grades and exist within a range from 140-250+ points.
2. My child's score went down by a few points, is this indicative of a learning slowdown?
Not necessarily, in fact the margin of error on a RIT score is about 3 points. This means that if your son or daughter went down 3 or less points that they may have not gone down at all within the margin of error.
3. What if my child's score went down by a significant amount, 10 points or more. Does this show a downward trend in their learning?
Many factors contribute to a student's score on a given day, and any assessment is only a brief snapshot of their abilities while testing. This is the reason that we assess the state standards three times in a year, so we can see trends over multiple days of assessment.
4. What resources are available in Reading or Language Arts that could help my student?
Your student report also gives a Lexile score, that would help point you to books available in the local library that are a good match for your child's reading level. Find these book lists online here.
5. Do other resources exist in Language Arts or in Mathematics that could help my child?
Yes, the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), the creator of the MAP test, has a parent toolkit with student support materials here.
6. Is the percentile on the student report normed nationally or locally?
The student percentile on the MAP report sent home to families is a nationally normed number. Locally normed percentiles are not provided on this report. National scores are based on 2015 Norming data from the NWEA which can be found here.