NWEA MAP Growth Assessments

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NWEA MAP Growth Assessments

  • Azle ISD will administer the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress Growth, or MAP Growth, assessments as part of a comprehensive assessment system. NWEA MAP Growth is a nationally normed, standardized achievement test which measures what students know and informs what they're ready to learn next by using a computer adaptive test that adjusts to the ability and knowledge of the student. Your child's teacher will use the results of the NWEA MAP Growth assessments to better understand your child's individual needs and to help him/her progress in the assessed area. Because the assessment is a growth measure, it can track the growth of the student between testing events and over multiple years of testing.

    All students in grades 3rd-11th will be evaluated using NWEA MAP Growth assessments in math and reading at the end of the 20-21 school year and 1st-2nd will be evaluated using NWEA MAP Growth assessments in math only. All assessments will be given at the beginning, middle, and end of the year starting in the 21-22 school year.

    For more information about NWEA and the MAP Growth assessments, you can visit the following websites:

Parent’s Guide to MAP Growth

  • Children learn better—and faster—when teachers have a clear picture of what each student knows and is ready to learn next. That’s why a group of educators and researchers founded NWEA®, a not-for-profit organization that has created some of the most trusted and reliable assessment solutions available. More than 9 million students in the US and in 140 countries worldwide use MAP® Growth™.

    How it Works
    MAP Growth is a computer-adaptive test. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This type of assessment challenges top performers without overwhelming students whose skills are below grade level. 

    Adaptive Test Chart Example

    MAP Growth begins with a question at each student’s grade level and adjusts the level of difficulty based on individual performance.

    What it Measures
    MAP Growth uses a RIT scale to accurately measure what students know, regardless of their grade level. It also measures growth over time, allowing you to track your child’s progress throughout the school year and across multiple years. Once your child completes a MAP Growth test, they receive a RIT score.

    RIT Scale

    The RIT scale precisely measures student performance, regardless of whether they’re performing on, above, or below grade level.

    The Results: Your Child’s RIT Score

    RIT scores have the same meaning across grade levels. If a fourth-grade student and an eighth grade student have the same RIT score in reading, then they are testing at the same level in that subject. You can use your child’s RIT score to help them meet their goals. For example, students can enter their RIT scores into the college explorer tool to see which colleges and universities they’re on track to enter. You can also check out online resources that use RIT scores to provide students with web-based exercises such as ixl.com, and khanacademy.org.