NWEA MAP Scoring

The MAP Growth Test has, over the years, become increasingly popular among schools in the United States. MAP’s unique quality lies in its measuring of students' personal academic progress. MAP testing scores chart a student’s academic growth in a manner that is easy for both parents and teachers to understand. Preparing for the test can give your child the opportunity to not only reach his or her potential, but to maximize it.

How Are NWEA RIT Scores Calculated?

To calculate MAP assessment scores, NWEA uses the RIT, or Rasch unIT scale. This scale measures the value of a student’s score in relation to his or her scores on previous tests. Each RIT score indicates a point on a continuous scale of learning. These NWEA scores are not to be interpreted as target scores, but rather as benchmarks of a student’s academic skill level over a given period of time. Questions on the MAP receive their RIT values after being tested on thousands of students across the United States. Responses to items throughout a student’s test are used to produce the final RIT score for that student.

The numerical (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. Results are scored across an even interval scale, meaning that the difference between scores remains consistent regardless of whether a student scores high or low. It also means that grade level is not a factor. Since the MAP test is taken on a computer, once the child finishes the test, scores are immediately available.

 

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MAP Testing Score RIT Charts for Math, Language Usage & Reading

These NWEA reports show the average student score in 2015 based on grade level. The charts also factor in the standard deviation of each score (the percentage of scores straying from the mean), as well as percentile benchmarks.

Use the NWEA percentile charts below to better understand your child’s latest test score, compared with others.

NWEA MAP RIT Percentiles 

 

Kindergarten
  Mathematics Language Reading Norms:2015
Higher
Achievement
165 --- 163 95
155 --- 155 84
148 --- 148 69
Rounded
Mean
140 --- 141 50
Lower
Achievement
133 --- 134 31
125 --- 128 16
118 --- 121  7
1st Grade
  Mathematics Language Reading Norms:2015
Higher
Achievement
184 --- 182 95
175 --- 174 84
169 --- 167 69
Rounded
Mean
162 --- 161 50
Lower
Achievement
156 --- 154 31
150 --- 148 16
143 --- 141  7
2nd Grade
  Mathematics Language Reading Norms:2015
Higher
Achievement
199 202 200 95
190 191 190 84
183 183 182 69
Rounded
Mean
177 175 175 50
Lower
Achievement
170 166 167 31
164 158 159 16
157 150 152  7
3rd Grade
  Mathematics Language Reading Norms:2015
Higher
Achievement
212 214 214 95
203 205 204 84
197 197 196 69
Rounded
Mean
190 189 188 50
Lower
Achievement
184 182 180 31
177 174 173 16
171 167 165  7
4th Grade
  Mathematics Language Reading Norms:2015
Higher
Achievement
225 223 224 95
216 213 214 84
209 206 206 69
Rounded
Mean
202 199 198 50
Lower
Achievement
195 192 190 31
188 184 183 16
182 177 175  7
5th Grade
  Mathematics Language Reading Norms:2015
Higher
Achievement
236 229 231 95
226 219 221 84
219 213 213 69
Rounded
Mean
211 206 206 50
Lower
Achievement
204 199 198 31
197 192 191 16
190 185 183  7
6th Grade
  Mathematics Language Reading Norms:2015
Higher
Achievement
243 233 236 95
233 224 226 84
225 218 218 69
Rounded
Mean
218 211 211 50
Lower
Achievement
210 204 204 31
202 197 196 16
195 190 189  7
7th Grade
  Mathematics Language Reading Norms:2015
Higher
Achievement
250 237 240 95
239 228 230 84
231 221 222 69
Rounded
Mean
223 214 214 50
Lower
Achievement
214 207 207 31
206 200 199 16
198 194 192  7
8th Grade
  Mathematics Language Reading Norms:2015
Higher
Achievement
256 240 243 95
244 230 233 84
235 223 225 69
Rounded
Mean
226 216 217 50
Lower
Achievement
217 209 209 31
209 202 202 16
200 195 194  7
9th Grade
  Mathematics Language Reading Norms:2015
Higher
Achievement
260 242 246 95
248 232 236 84
239 225 228 69
Rounded
Mean
230 218 220 50
Lower
Achievement
221 211 212 31
212 204 205 16
204 197 197  7
10th Grade
  Mathematics Language Reading Norms:2015
Higher
Achievement
262 244 248 95
250 234 237 84
240 226 229 69
Rounded
Mean
230 219 220 50
Lower
Achievement
220 211 212 31
211 204 204 16
201 197 196  7
11th Grade
  Mathematics Language Reading Norms:2015
Higher
Achievement
266 246 250 95
253 236 239 84
243 229 231 69
Rounded
Mean
233 222 223 50
Lower
Achievement
223 214 214 31
213 207 206 16
204 199 198  7
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Note:
There are no NWEA MAP Language Usage tests in kindergarten and 1st grade.
All MAP test percentiles are from the NWEA website.

 

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Tips: How to Improve MAP Reading & Language Usage RIT Scores

  • Read a variety of texts. Boosting your vocabulary and getting used to reading challenging texts can both be done through making sure to read texts you are unaccustomed to.
  • Become an active reader. Actively reading means keeping yourself focused on the main goals of the text, searching for the main purpose of each paragraph and how it contributes to the overall role of the text. This skill is absolutely vital for reading comprehension questions.
  • Carry a vocabulary notebook. Came across a new word? Jot it down! Writing it makes it easier to remember. You will be surprised how many useful words you’ll come across, especially if you follow our first tip.
  • Practice speed reading techniques. Linked to active reading, speed reading can be an excellent way of zeroing in on the main purpose of passages and thus saving valuable time during the test. Remember: while the MAP is not a timed exam, the mind itself has a limit to how long it can remain focused, so that, no matter what, your time is limited.
  • Practice with MAP reading comprehension questions. Using actual map reading comprehension questions during your revision process can help you get used to the format of the exam and thus keep you from getting get taken aback come test day.

Tips: How to Improve NWEA MAP Math RIT Scores

  • Solve one math problem a day. Math becomes far less threatening when you make the goal to practice it a little smaller. Thus, we recommend starting with one math problem a day and working your way from there.
  • Practice using specific math techniques. Sometimes getting to the right answer with a math problem is all about nailing down the right technique to use. Therefore, take the time to learn and revise various methods of solving mathematical problems.
  • Know the why, not just the how. Especially with math questions, It can be very easy to fall into the trap of answering the question simply through using the standard given formula and nothing more. However, it is important to make sure you understand the formula as well. If not it can be extra tricky when you reach questions that are a little more abstract and a little less straightforward.
  • Go back to the basics. Having trouble with the complicated stuff? No problem! We recommend revising the simpler stuff once more. Very often a simple gap in past learned material is the only thing standing between you and the right answer.
  • Practice with MAP math questions. MAP math questions can be an excellent way to get used to both the format and the phrasing of the questions as well as give you hints on some of the classic “tricks” you may find on the actual exam.

How to Read & Interpret MAP Test Scores

A typical NWEA MAP Growth Scores Report, in a nutshell, is designed to show you how your student has progressed academically both overall and from semester to semester. Find out how to read and interpret the different components of an NWEA MAP Test Scores Report, including the graph, table, and descriptors.

Map progress report

*Report taken from the official NWEA Site*

Inside the Graph

The graph in the student progress report provides insight to academic ability and advancement in a four-part fashion:

Individual Student Progress: The blue line in the graph represents only the student's progress and allows parents and educators to analyze the student's academic development in terms of his or her own personal achievement. 

District Grade Level Mean: The orange line provides insight into the average student’s progress within the district. This allows you to view your student's score in a local context.

Norm Grade Level Mean RIT Score: The yellow line provides insight into the average student progress on a national scale. While this information is useful for parents, it is exceptionally beneficial for educators, as they can gain insight into district performance in comparison to the rest of the country.

Future Progress Prediction: The dotted line in the graph provides a prediction for your student's future progress, on the basis of how they have performed in the past.

Map student progress graph

*Graph taken from the official NWEA Site*

 

Inside the Table

In the table next to the graph you will find insight into your student's progress from year to year in terms of RIT scores.

RIT (+/- Std Err)- shows the student's RIT scores, with the middle number being the actual RIT score achieved, and the other two numbers providing a range indicating that if the student were to take the test again they would likely score within these values.

RIT Growth- shows student's RIT growth from one semester to another. More often than not, the column shows the growth from one fall semester to the next.

Growth Projection- shows the prediction of a student's growth. 

Map RIT percentile range

*Table taken from the official NWEA Site*

 

Inside the Descriptors

The role of the descriptors below the graph is to provide more details into the student's abilities within specific components of a given subject area. These descriptors are exceptionally useful in helping you map out where to start in your preparation process for the next test. In the examples below, skill level is represented by RIT scores. In addition, a lexile range is included, which helps parents and educators determine a student’s reading level and match him or her with appropriate texts. 

Map reading goals performanceMap mathematics goals performance

*Descriptors taken from the official NWEA Site*

Note that some reports may present levels through ratings other than RIT scores:


Low- <21st percentile
LoAvg- 21st-40th percentile
Avg- 41st-60th percentile
HiAvg- 61st-80th percentile
High- >81st percentile

 

How RIT Scores are Used: Academic Measurement & Gifted Identification

RIT scores are used to track your child’s progress over a period of time. The scores are not meant to be used as a tool of comparison between students, nor are the scores used as an indication of course achievement. MAP scoring is a means of representing your child’s academic skill set. Proper preparation can provide a more accurate report of these academic abilities.

Because of MAP's unique RIT scoring system, it is often used as a means to spot gifted students. Check out our MAP Test Scores Gifted Charts below to get an idea of what a gifted score may look like:

**Please note that our charts are only an estimation of gifted measurement and reflects solely upon the top percentile norms of 2015.

 

NWEA MAP RIT Scores for Gifted Programs

Grade Mathematics Language Reading
K 165 155 -- -- 163 155
1 184 175 -- -- 182 174
2 199 190 202 191 200 190
3 212 203 214 205 214 204
4 225 216 223 213 224 214
5 236 226 229 219 231 221
6 243 233 233 224 236 226
7 250 239 237 228 240 230
8 256 244 240 230 243 233
9 260 248 242 232 246 236
10 262 250 244 234 248 237
11 266 253 246 236 250 239

*Please note that there are no NWEA MAP Language Usage tests in kindergarten and 1st grade.

How Should My Child Progress Over Time?

RIT scores are expected to increase over time. Scores of students in lower grades tend to increase more quickly than those of students in higher grades due to the increased level of difficulty of the higher grade-level tests. RIT scores generally range between 140 and 300. In third grade, students usually score anywhere between 140 and 190, and in higher grade levels they may progress to a score between 240 and 300.

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