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What are Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)?

MAP is a computerized adaptive assessment. MAP assessments are tailored to an individual student’s current level of achievement, thus providing each student with the opportunity to show what he or she knows and can do. The computer adjusts the level of difficulty for the questions so each student takes a unique test based on his or her responses to questions. When taking a MAP assessment, the difficulty of each question is based upon how well a student answers all of the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level. 
Why did MCPASD choose MAP?
  • MAP is constructed upon a solid base of research.

  • MAP is a growth model assessment measuring how much each individual student’s performance changes over time.

  • MAP data reports are generated in a timely fashion.

  • MAP reports provide guidance for instruction.

When will MAP be given?  How long does it take to administer?
  • Mathematics will be assessed in grades 2 – 8. Reading will be assessed in grades 6-8 and is an optional assessment for teachers in grades 2-5. 

  • MAP assessments will be administered two to three times per school year.

  • MAP assessments are not timed. Each assessment usually takes students approximately 45 - 60 minutes to complete.

How will the data be used?
  • MAP assessments are used to measure a student’s progress or growth in school in reading and mathematics. NWEA uses the example of measuring your son’s or daughter’s height via a growth chart to show how much he/she has grown over the course of a year as a metaphor for longitudinal academic growth. The scale used by NWEA to measure progress is called the RIT scale (Rasch unIT). The RIT scale is an equal-interval scale much like feet and inches on a yardstick. It is used to chart annual academic growth from year to year.

  • Data can be used to keep track of progress and growth in basic skills, as well as to plan instruction for individual students and groups of students.

Who has access to the data?
  • School personnel who work directly with a student will have access to the data.

  • School personnel with responsibilities for achievement data analysis and reporting will have access to the data. 

  • Parents will be informed of MAP progress during fall and spring conferences, and will receive a MAP student progress report at the end of each school year.

Who is the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEATM)?
  • Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEATM)  is a global, not-for-profit educational services organization located in Portland, Oregon. NWEA currently partners with over 3,500 educational organizations worldwide to provide research-based adaptive assessments, professional development, and research services.