What is NWEA?
Students in grades 2nd-8th take computerized tests called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in the subject areas of Reading, Math, and Language Usage (grades K and 1st are only tested in Reading and Math with audio/visual tests meant for younger students). These tests help determine a student’s instructional level and are used to measure the student’s growth throughout the school year; we test in the Fall, Winter, and again in Spring.
These tests are adaptive in that the questions become increasingly difficult as a student answers correctly; likewise, the level of difficulty will drop when a student begins to answer incorrectly. Therefore, each tests is unique to the individual student and his/her abilities. The results of the tests are reported in a RIT score which is “an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, that is independent of grade level” (taken from www.NWEA.org). Follow the link for Normative Data to view a chart showing the average (mean) and middle (median) RIT scores for all grade levels.
Normative data: http://www.nwea.org/support/article/980
Parent Toolkit: http://www.nwea.org/support/article/930