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NWEA MAP Test Scores

Learn about how the MAP test is scored and what it means for your child. Understand the score breakdown to see your child's progress up close. Get access to practice packs to improve your child's score.
 
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  • NWEA MAP Scoring
  • How are NWEA Scores Calculated?
  • How Are RIT Scores Used?
  • How Should My Child Progress over Time?
  • MAP Testing Scores Charts
  • Percentiles for Reading
  • Percentiles for Language Usage
  • Percentiles for Mathematics
  • Improve Your Child's NWEA MAP Scores
  • 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.

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    How Are NWEA 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.

    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.

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    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.

    MAP Testing Scores 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.

    MAP Percentiles for Reading

    NWEA MAP 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

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    MAP Percentiles for Language Usage

    NWEA MAP 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
    175189199206211214216218219222 50
    Lower Achievement
    16618219219920420720921121121431

    158174184192197200202204204207 16

    150167177185190194195197197199 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.

    MAP Percentiles for Mathematics

    NWEA MAP 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
    248 169 183 197 209 219 225 231 235 239 240 243 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

    Improve Your Child's NWEA MAP Scores

    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.

    With over 800 questions to work with, your child is guaranteed to feel challenged. Access our MAP practice material today so your child can feel confident and prepared on test day.

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