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.
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.
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.