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MAP Test Scores: Understand Your MAP Score

MAP Test Scores: Understand Your MAP Score
MAP Test Scores: Understand Your MAP Score

With the MAP Growth Test used in many schools across the United States, MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) scores are an important part of your child’s life.

The MAP testing scores chart a student’s academic growth in a way that highlights areas of excellence and improvement.

It is essential that you understand how NWEA MAP scores are calculated so you can best support your child throughout their learning journey.

This guide will explain how to find and improve your child’s NWEA Map Scores.

Introduction to MAP Test Scores

An increasingly popular way to measure students’ academic progress, MAP scores are calculated using the RIT, or Rasch unIT scale.

This scale measures a student’s score in relation to their score on a previous test to assess how well they have progressed in school.

The score is not a target but rather a benchmark of a student’s academic skill level over a period of time.

Moreover, the RIT value given to a student predicts that at that specific difficulty level, a student is likely to answer about 50% of the questions correctly.

As the results are scored across an even interval scale, the difference between scores remains consistent whether a student scores high or low.

How to Find the NWEA Map Scores

A student’s MAP Score is displayed using graphs, tables, and descriptors.

To find your NWEA Map Scores, you can log into the MAP Administration and Reporting Center website. Under the MAP reports is Student Progress, and reports for each academic year term.

When a student takes the MAP test online, their MAP scores are immediately available to view.

You can use the current NWEA MAP RIT percentiles to interpret the scores, but the best way to get more information on the test results is to talk to your child’s school.

Their teacher will be knowledgeable about the meaning of MAP scores and can explain them in relation to your child’s academic performance.

What Is in the MAP Scores Report?

The MAP Test Scores Chart contains a lot of data and can be difficult to interpret. This section will explain what each part of the chart means.

After a student takes the MAP test, parents and guardians will receive a Student Progress Report.

This displays the student's most recent MAP Growth Test scores as well as previous scores.

The report aims to show a student’s educational progress as a whole and from one semester to the next.

The report will cover science, reading, language usage, and math MAP test scores.

RIT Scores

The report will show the student’s RIT Scores for each topic they are tested in.

These are typically:

  • Reading
  • Language usage
  • Science
  • Math

Each score represents a student's achievement level at any given moment. They can be used to measure their academic growth over time.

In addition, the higher the score, the more achievement the student has in the subject.

Student Growth

A student’s growth projection depends on the following factors: grade, subject, and starting RIT score.

Individual growth also indicates the average growth for all students who are in the same grade, in the same subject, with the same starting RIT score.

For example, if a student's growth projection from summer to winter is 6 RIT points, this means that of all students in the same grade and subject and starting at the same initial RIT, the average growth was 6 RIT points.

Student Percentile

A percentile rank indicates how well a student performs compared to the students in the specific sample group who are in the same grade and tested on the same subject.

For example, if a student scores in the 40th percentile, this means that they scored as well as, or better than, 40% of students in the sample group.

It also means that 60% of students in the sample group exceeded this score.

Individual Student Progress

MAP Growth tracks a student’s progress over time throughout their school journey. Each MAP score from every test taken will appear on a student’s MAP report for easy comparison.

District Grade Level Mean

The District Grade Level Mean RIT is the average score of students in the district who are in the same grade and term and tested on the same subject.

This data can be used to compare your results to other students in the district.

Norm Grade Level Mean RIT Score

In contrast to the District Grade Level Mean, the Norm Grade Level Mean RIT Score indicates the average MAP test scores of students in the same grade and term tested on the same subject from the Norms study.

This sample test provides data representative of schools across the USA.

Future Progress Prediction

As well as recording a student’s past performance and their progress so far, MAP test scores can also be used to predict their future progress.

The prediction is calculated by adding together the current RIT score and the Growth Projection.

This prediction estimates a student’s MAP score on future tests.

MAP Test Scores: Understanding of MAP Score
MAP Test Scores: Understanding of MAP Score

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How Are the MAP Testing Scores Calculated?

The MAP testing scores are calculated using the RIT scale, which is different from traditional percentage or percentile scores.

It is a developmental scale that measures growth over time, allowing for comparisons of a student's performance across different grade levels.

The RIT scale is not based on a student's age or grade. Instead, it is based on a student's difficulty answering questions correctly.

At the beginning of the MAP test (which can be taken in subjects such as reading, language usage, mathematics, and science) is a set of calibration questions. They are of average difficulty and are used so the system can continuously adjust the difficulty level.

After the test, students will receive their MAP scores. There is no minimum or maximum score.

Rather, the RIT scale can be used to measure academic achievement between individuals.

For example, a student with a RIT score of 200 is performing at a higher level than a student with a score of 180. The scale allows measuring academic progress over time as it is easy to see improvement in scores.

The MAP scores can be difficult to understand, so percentile rankings are used to make the results easier for students, parents, and teachers to read.

These percentiles compare a student's performance to a nationally representative sample of students in the same grade who have also taken the test. Percentiles produce a simpler metric.

If a student’s percentile rank is 80, this means that they performed better than 80% of the sample group.

MAP tests are adaptive, meaning the difficulty of the questions adjusts based on the student's responses.

If a student answers a question correctly, they receive a slightly more challenging question. If they answer incorrectly, they get an easier one.

MAP Test Scores Chart

The MAP Test Scores Chart contains data that can be used to identify a student’s areas of weakness and improvement. Understanding your child’s report will help you to support them in school.

Below is an example of an NWEA Math score chart that displays the scores of a class from each fall semester from kindergarten through to 12th grade.

K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Norms Percentile
NWEA Fall 156 178 196 213 225 230 236 240 247 251 250 254 255 95
NWEA Fall 148 169 188 205 215 223 228 230 236 237 240 242 245 84
NWEA Fall 144 161 182 196 204 215 217 223 225 227 231 233 232 69
NWEA Fall (median) 136 138 155 171 188 199 203 209 215 217 220 223 225 50
NWEA Fall 132 150 166 179 187 201 205 211 206 214 216 213 224 31
NWEA Fall 125 145 156 171 182 191 199 200 201 203 206 205 201 16
NWEA Fall 118 134 146 158 170 175 184 188 191 189 193 195 190 5

This comparative data NWEA score chart also shows the NWEA median which is the average score achieved by the sample group. In this case, we can tell that some students performed better than the median.

Therefore, a 'good' score can be classed as one that is equal to or higher than the median.

How to Improve MAP Test Scores

If your child’s MAP Test scores are lower than the average, do not worry. There are lots of things you can do to improve MAP scores.

Step 1. Make Sure You Understand the Scoring System

It is important that you understand your child’s scores and how they compare to the national average. If you are unclear, be sure to speak with your child’s teacher.

Step 2. Use Previous Tests and Online Practice Tests to Prepare

You can use the growth predictions and previous results as a guide in terms of what areas to focus on. Understanding your child’s strengths and weaknesses can help you to support their learning.

Step 3. Focus On Growth and Improvement

Remember that the MAP Test is not an exam that you can either pass or fail.

It is a measurement of a student’s academic performance throughout their school life.

Having a growth mindset is important to help your child improve year on year.

You can identify how your child is progressing by comparing their kindergarten MAP test scores with their most recent results.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can improve MAP test scores using several tips. You should ensure you understand the scoring system, focus on improvement, and use practice tests to prepare for each test.

You can check math, language, science and MAP reading scores by logging into the NWEA website. Under MAP reports you will find your child’s MAP results.

The average NWEA score for 8th grade depends on the year and semester that the test is taken. You can find the current average scores on the NWEA website.

A good NWEA score depends on the time of year the test is taken. You can find the current average scores on the NWEA website.

The highest possible NWEA score is typically equal to or greater than the 95% percentile.

A MAP score in the 98th or 99th percentile can be classed as gifted. This means that the student performed better than 98% or 99% of the sample group.

Final Thoughts

The NWEA MAP Test is an important tool schools use to measure students’ progress as they progress through each grade. It is crucial that your child’s academic achievement improves year on year, and the test is a good way to monitor this. You can support your child by helping them to prepare for each test.

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