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Leveled Testing with NWEA: Measures of Academic Progress (Map)

The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping all children learn. NWEA provides research-based assessments, professional training, and consulting services to improve teaching and learning.

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) are state-aligned computerized adaptive tests that accurately reflect the instructional level of each student and measure growth over time.


NWEA believes in an assessment that:
  • Gives a child the chance for success.
  • Students find engaging.
  • Respects classroom time.
  • Provides useful information.

MAP tests provide highly accurate results that can be used to:

  • Identify the skills and concepts individual students have learned.
  • Diagnose instructional needs.
  • Monitor academic growth over time.
  • Make data-driven decisions at the classroom, school, and district levels.
  • Place new students into appropriate instructional programs.

Understanding NWEA Scores:

Parent Toolkit

Goal Structure to IN Standards

Goal Score Translation Chart

ISTEP Cut Score Chart

Student Self-Assessment for Conference

Normative Study

Reading RIT Question Chart

Language Usage RIT Question Chart

Math RIT Question Chart

Placement Guidelines

 Test items dynamically adjust to a student's performance level, and as a result, test scores are more accurate.

The assessment itself is unique in that it adapts to the student's ability, accurately measuring what a child knows and needs to learn. In addition, MAP tests measure academic growth over time, independent of grade level or age. Most importantly, the results educators receive have practical application to teaching and learning.