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MAP Tests Guide for Parents

NWEA's MAP Growth tests give teachers and schools a clear picture of what students know. It helps teachers know what students are ready to learn next.

Students take MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Growth tests a few times per school year.

Here is what you need to know about MAP Growth tests.

How it works

The MAP Growth test is a computer-adaptive test. When a student logs into the MAP assessment, the computer selects questions appropriate for the student's grade level. It then adjusts questions to fit the student's knowledge. If a student answers a question right, the questions get harder. If a student answers a question wrong, the questions get easier.

What it measures

The test uses a RIT scale to determine what students know regardless of their grade level. The test results show growth over time. That means a child's progress can be tracked throughout the school year and across more than one year.

Questions on the test are based on Common Core standards used by Marion City Schools. That means it tests students on information they have learned or will learn in school.

What is a RIT Score

A RIT Score measures a student's academic knowledge, skills and abilities. It tells how well a student is doing at different points in time. A score means the same thing regardless of a student's age or grade level.

Think of it like marking a child's height on the wall and seeing how tall your child is at different times. RIT scores let teachers measure how much "taller" a student's academic growth is at different times. The higher the RIT score means the more achievement the student has made in a subject.

The student's percentile ranking shows how much the student has grown compared to the student's peers.

How schools use the scores

Test scores help teachers track students' academic growth. Results help teachers know how well students are learning the information.

MAP test results help teachers:
  • Identify skills and concepts that students have learned
  • Monitor students' academic growth over time
  • Diagnose students' instructional needs
  • Place new students into appropriate programs
Data from the tests can help principals and administrators make decisions at the classroom, school and district levels.

Types of questions on the test

A MAP Growth test includes multiple choice, drag-and-drop, and other types of questions. You can find a sample test at

Information that parents receive

Parents receive a student's progress report. This report includes information and scores from the most recent and past MAP Growth tests. It includes information to help parents better understand how to read the report.

These test results can tell you whether your child is working at the same level as other students at that grade level.

The MAP Growth test is only one measure of how well a student is doing in mathematics and reading. You can also measure growth by how well your student is doing on classwork, special projects and other assessments.

How to get more information

Teachers and school counselors can answer parents' questions about MAP Growth tests.

Find more information online at

Help prepare students for testing

Here are some ways that parents can help students prepare for testing.

  • Meet with your child's teacher to discuss his or her progress. Ask what activities you can do at home to help your child.
  • Make sure your child has a quiet, comfortable place to study at home.
  • Provide books and magazines for your child to read at home. Read with your child at least 20 minutes a day.
  • Make sure your child gets enough rest on school days, especially on test days.