MAP Testing

Our students in grades 2-8 are given the NWEA's MAP Growth Testing three times per academic year. MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) is a standardized test that measures what students know and informs what they’re ready to learn next. 

MAP dynamically adjusts to each student’s responses - which means every student gets a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. As a student answers correctly, questions get harder. If a student answers incorrectly, the questions get easier. 

MAP Growth tests are given in the Fall, Winter and Spring in the subjects of math, reading, language usage and science . These tests yield a national percentile score as well as a growth scale score (RIT).

Our students regularly perform above both the archdiocesan average and the national norm in every subject and at every grade level.

For more information about MAP testing, please refer to the NWEA Family Toolkit.

Interpreting MAP Test Results

After each test administration, parents will receive a Student Progress Report. MAP results are reported using two scales: RIT and Percentiles. In addition, students are given a Lexile score for reading.

  • RIT are used to show current achievement on a scale that is independent of grade level. These scores show growth over time. RIT scores show what students are ready to learn rather than what they have already mastered.
  • Percentiles are used to compare a student to a large group of students of similar age or grade level. These scores are useful to compare students around the country. For example, a student at the 80th percentile ranks the same as or higher than 80 students in a group of 100.
  • Lexile Framework for Reading scores provides another way to measure a student’s reading level and growth. The framework helps teachers and parents select reading material that appropriately challenge students.

How are MAP results used?

We use MAP results to help make informed decisions to promote academic growth. Results help us guide classroom instruction by identifying areas of academic strength in addition to areas that may need attention. MAP is one assessment tool we use to track students' progress, identifying where more teaching assistance is required, and ensuring that each individual student receives the academic attention they need to succeed.

Helping your child prepare for MAP testing

Your child’s teacher will explain the test and instructions to the students prior to test day. On test day, make sure your child is well rested and eats a well-balanced breakfast. Please see that your child comes to school on time and refrain from making appointments during the day during our testing window. Please contact your child's teacher if you have questions about missed testing days.