MAP Resources

MAP Testing Resources

NWEA
Northwest Evaluation Associaton's website, the creators of the MAP test

Map Basics Overview
The basics of MAP testing

NWEA Parent Toolkit
A .pdf file for Parents from NWEA explaining all aspects of MAP testing

MAP Student PowerPoint
Use this to show to students to help them prepare for MAP testing

RIT Reference Charts
Use these charts to monitor student growth from year to year

MAP Reading Games
Match your child's RIT score to specific reading games for practice*

MAP Math Games
Match your child's RIT score to specific math games for practice*

Skills by RIT Score
Skills in Reading, Math, and Language Use organized by RIT score#

Interactive Activities by RIT
Hundreds of MATH and READING links to help prepare for the MAP tests

MAP testing Reading practice
Reading practice organized by RIT scores

Curriculum Ladders
A visual representation of the range of complexity for a set of skills

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are Measure of Academic Progress (MAP)?

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) are a series of computer based tests that identifies your child’s current level of academic achievement and also measures their progress in school. Each school year students in K-10th will be taking these tests in the fall, winter, and spring.

What are MAP Tests Used For?

MAP tests will assist educators, parents, and students in keeping track of progress and growth in basic skills. All parties will know where a student’s strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. Students will receive an individual score, called a RIT score, in each of the tested areas. Teachers will use MAP data as a tool, along with other measurements, to help them guide instruction in their classrooms.

What Do the Tests Cover?

Each Measure of Academic Progress is made up of parts, which are called goals. Take a look at these sample goal areas. Your child will take tests with goals that are similar to these.

Reading:

  • Word Meaning
  • Literal Comprehension
  • Inferential Comprehension
  • Evaluative Comprehension

Mathematics:

  • Estimation and Computation
  • Number Sense
  • Geometry and Spatial Sense
  • Measurement
  • Data Analysis, Statistics, & Probability
  • Patterns, Functions, & Algebra
  • Problem Solving

How Long are the Tests?

Students in grades K-2 will take two reading and two math tests. MAP tests are not timed, but usually it will take K-2 students about 15-30 minutes to complete each test.

Students in grades 3rd-10th will be taking a reading test, a math test, and a language usage test. These tests are also not timed, but usually students will complete each test in approximately one hour.

Do All Students Take the Same Test?

No. MAP tests are adaptive tests and the computer program adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique test. The difficulty of each question is based on how well the student has answered the questions up to that point. As the student answers correctly, the questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. With this information our school will be able to monitor the growth of students of all abilities.

Can Students Prepare for MAP?

The best thing your child can do to prepare for testing is to work hard in school everyday. Regular attendance, good nutrition, and adequate rest are also important components for successful test performance.