Parent MAP Assessment Information

What is MAP Assessment?

  • It is an achievement test delivered to students on the computer.
  • Each test takes between 45-75 minutes.
  • The tests are adaptive to how students answer each question.
  • SMMS administers the Math and Reading assessments in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.

What is a RIT Score?

The RIT Scale is a curriculum scale that uses individual item difficulty values to estimate student achievement. An advantage of the RIT scale is that it can relate the numbers on the scale directly to the difficulty of items on the tests. In addition, the RIT scale is an equal interval scale. Equal interval means that the difference between scores is the same regardless of whether a student is at the top, bottom, or middle of the RIT scale, and it has the same meaning regardless of grade level. Click here to find out more information regarding RIT scores.

Parent Toolkit

The NWEA Parent Toolkit was created as a resource and guide for parents. It includes Frequently Asked Questions, Tips for Parents, and a list of web sites for parents and kids. Please click on the following link to access the Parent Toolkit.

What is a Lexile Score?

When a student takes NWEA's MAP reading assessment they also receive a Lexile®* range score, based on the highly accurate RIT score data generated from the individual student's MAP reading assessment.  This score is based on an NWEA algorithm that correlates the student's RIT score with MetaMetrics® Lexile®* scale.

With Lexile range scores, educators and parents can:

  • Identify a student's individual reading level.
  • Match a learner's reading level with fiction, non-fiction, and instructional materials spanning thousands of books and millions of articles.
  • Track a student's reading comprehension over time and set goals accordingly.
  • Forecast whether a reader will be able to easily comprehend the material.
  • Set and track goals for independent reading.
  • Plan for disparities between student reading comprehension levels and the readability of assigned materials.
  • Easily create customized reading lists for individual students.

Factors That Could Cause Negative Growth

The NWEA Research group has identified common behaviors which explain why some students show negative growth scores in the spring. Negative growth most commonly appears on reports for two general reasons: either students took too little time to take the test or students were not engaged during the test. Click here for more information.

College Readiness Linking Study

The NWEA College Readiness Linking Study examines the predictive relationship between students' RIT scores on MAP® assessments and the college readiness benchmarks of the EXPLORE®, PLAN®, and ACT® achievement tests. Using the results of this study, educators can predict performance on these assessments' reading, english or math tests based on students' corresponding MAP scores in reading, language usage, and general math. You can access the linking study by clicking here.