Measure of Academic Progress
Students take the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) reading and math test in grades two through eight. The Northwest Evaluation (NWEA) publishes the MAP test.
What is the MAP test?
The purpose of the test is to assess student performance in the subjects tested. It is given twice a year in the fall and spring. The MAP test is a computer adaptive test. Questions are generated based on the previous question's response for each student. As a result, the test is truly individualized. The MAP test is also aligned to the Illinois Common Core Academic Standards. RIT charts that show examples of the kinds of questions on the MAP test can be found at www.nwea.org under Assessment System, then Assessment Products.
Student scores are reported in RIT scores (short for Rausch Unit). The RIT score is a different type of score than a typical test that provides a percentage correct. It is also different from many tests that provide results based on your child's score compared to others in his or her grade. Instead, the RIT score is an equal- interval scale, like feet and inches that is independent of grade level. As a result, we can measure growth in learning. This type of score increases the value of the test as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers to recognize where to focus attention for your student's learning.
On your individual student progress report, you will not only see your child's RIT score but you will see the district average RIT as well as the RIT average for students across the nation (Norm Group Average).
Understanding the RIT Score
The chart attached shows the average (mean) RIT scores for different grades for a typical school district. You may use this chart to help you know if a student is performing at, above or below grade level compared to students across the nation.
It is important to understand the MAP test is one test at one point in time. It does not measure intelligence or a student's capacity for learning. When making important decisions about students, school staff will consider the MAP test results along with other data such as classroom performance, other test scores, and input from parents and teachers.
How is the RIT score used?
The RIT score is an estimation of a student's instruction level. The instructional level helps teachers know what students have learned and what students are ready to learn. Growth will be measured in future test cycles. Each year a report will be generated for your student that will show his or her individual growth from fall to spring and eventually from year to year. Parents will receive the growth report at the end of the year with the report card in June.
Growth Over Time
We expect RIT scores to increase over time. Typically, younger students show more growth in one year than older students. Students who test above level often show less growth. Sometimes RIT scores may decline from one test to the next. One low test score is not cause for immediate concern. Like adults, students have good and bad days and their test results do not always indicate what they know. Students' attitudes toward the text can also affect their score. Instead, we will look for growth over time.