NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

What is the MAP Assessment?

The MAP Assessment is a web-based, computer-adaptive, multiple-choice assessment with questions that automatically adapt to each student’s instructional level based on their responses, independent of the enrolled grade level. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level. This assessment can inform instruction, track student growth over time and project student growth targets.



What does the MAP Assessment Test?


  • Literature
  • Informational Text
  • Vocabulary Acquisition and Use


  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • The Real and Complex Number Systems
  • Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability


  • Writing: Plan, Organize, Develop, Revise, Research
  • Language: Understand, Edit Mechanics
  • Language: Understand, Edit for Grammar, Usage




What Information does MAP Provide?

Student Level

  • Compare and predict student achievement and growth over time
  • Measure the growth of every student over time regardless of level
  • Engage students and families in goal-setting
  • Plan for individual instruction
  • Evaluate college readiness with MAP College Readiness Benchmarks alignment to the ACT Test

Class Level

  • Create and reinforce evidence-informed instructional practices
  • Customizes educational materials (based on the results for each student and group) which help teachers improve learning
  • Evaluate classroom instruction and identify teacher professional development needs

School Level

  • Identify school level trends
  • Determine professional development needs
  • Facilitate communication with parents

What does the Score Mean (What is RIT)?

Every item on a MAP assessment is anchored to a vertically aligned equal interval scale, called the RIT—a stable measurement, like inches on a ruler, that covers all grades. RIT scores serve as a data point in a student’s learning plan; educators can use this precise learning level and respond accordingly.

What can MAP tell you about College Readiness?

NWEA did an exhaustive study, following students who took the Reading and Mathematics MAP test from grades 4-9 and comparing the data to the scores those students received on the ACT. As a result, MAP is able to divide students into three groups according to their college readiness; “Not on Track”, “On Track for a 22” and “On Track for a 24”. These categorizations give students targeted goals in the areas that need improvement to help give our students the best possible chance of getting into their dream school.