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.

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

These NWEA reports show the average student score of 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.

Please note that all MAP test percentiles below are from the NWEA website.

NWEA MAP RIT Percentiles for Reading

  
NWEA MAP RIT Report: Percentiles for Reading
Higher Achievement K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 2015 Percentile Norms
163 182 200 214 224 231 236 240 243 246 248 250 95
155 174 190 204 214 221 226 230 233 236 237 239 84
148 167 182 196 206 213 218 222 225 228 229 231 69
Rounded Mean 141 161 175 188 198 206 211 214 217 220 220 223 50
Lower Achievement 134 154 167 180 190 198 204 207 209 212 212 214 31
128 148 159 173 183 191 196 199 202 205 204 206 16
121 141 152 165 175 183 189 192 194 197 196 198 7
K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 2015 Percentile Norms

NWEA MAP RIT Percentiles for Language Usage

NWEA MAP RIT Report: Percentiles for Language Usage
Higher Achievement K* 1* 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 2015 Percentile Norms
    202 214 223 229 233 237 240 242 244 246 95
    191 205 213 219 224 228 230 232 234 236 84
    183 197 206 213 218 221 223 225 226 229 69
Rounded Mean     175 189 199 206 211 214 216 218 219 222 50
Lower Achievement     166 182 192 199 204 207 209 211 211 214 31
    158 174 184 192 197 200 202 204 204 207 16
    150 167 177 185 190 194 195 197 197 199 7
K* 1* 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 2015 Percentile Norms

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

NWEA MAP RIT Percentilesfor Mathematics

NWEA MAP RIT Report: Percentiles for Mathematics
Higher Achievement K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 2015 Percentile Norms
165 184 199 212 225 236 243 250 256 260 262 266 95
155 175 190 203 216 226 233 239 244 248 250 253 84
148 169 183 197 209 219 225 231 235 239 240 243 69
Rounded Mean 140 162 177 190 202 211 218 223 226 230 230 233 50
Lower Achievement 133 156 170 184 195 204 210 214 217 221 220 223 31
125 150 164 177 188 197 202 206 209 212 211 213 16
118 143 157 171 182 190 195 198 200 204 201 204 7
K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 2015 Percentile Norms

Tips for How to Improve MAP RIT Scores

5 Tips on How to Improve NWEA MAP Reading 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 donates 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 comp 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.

5 Tips on 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 NWEA 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.

*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 is useful in giving you frame of comparison to your own student's scoring on a local scale.

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.

*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. 

*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 revision process for the next test. In the examples below, skill level is represented by RIT scores. In addition, there is also included lexile range, which is specifically useful in helping parents and educators know what level of reading their student is reading at and what future texts to provide them with. 

*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 Are RIT Scores Used?

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.

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.

NWEA MAP Test Scores & Gifted Identification

Because of MAP testing’s ability to provide data on student’s progress in comparison to others and its use of a RIT scoring system, which is independent of grade, it is often used by many programs as a means to spot gifted students. Check out our MAP Test Scores Gifted Chart below to get an idea of what a gifted score may look like. 

**Please note that our chart is only an estimation of gifted measurement and does not reflect upon any specific program.  

 
MAP Reading RIT Scores for Gifted Programs
Higher Achievement K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 2015 Percentile Norms
163 182 200 214 224 231 236 240 243 246 248 250 95
155 174 190 204 214 221 226 230 233 236 237 239 84
 
MAP Language Usage RIT Scores for Gifted Programs
Higher Achievement K* 1* 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 2015 Percentile Norms
    202 214 223 229 233 237 240 242 244 246 95
    191 205 213 219 224 228 230 232 234 236 84
 
MAP Mathematics RIT Scores for Gifted Programs
Higher Achievement K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 2015 Percentile Norms
165 184 199 212 225 236 243 250 256 260 262 266 95
155 175 190 203 216 226 233 239 244 248 250 253 84

Improve Your Child's NWEA MAP Scores with TestPrep-Online!

Though the NWEA reports may help you understand your child’s score better, they are not enough to ensure a better one in the future. To receive a better MAP test percentile ranking, your child needs to practice using the correct study tools.

Our MAP practice packs can gauge your child's abilities, whether your child is at the top of the class or needs some extra guidance. Our practice tests with varying levels of difficulty in every test subject will help your child improve, no matter what his or her level is.

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