Each year, your child (grades K-12) will be assessed on a MAP® Growth™ test from NWEA® on a computer. We give students MAP Growth tests (September/fall, January/winter, and April/spring) to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in math and reading.
MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level. Your child’s teacher(s) use these results to plan additional learning opportunities for your child!
Your child’s report will also include their percentile. A percentile rank indicates how well your child performed in comparison to the students in the specific norm group, for example, in the same grade and subject. Your child’s percentile rank indicates that the s/he scored as well as, or better than, the percent of students in the norm group. For example, a student scoring at the 35th percentile scored as well as, or better than, 35 percent of students in the norm group. It also means that 65 percent of the students in the norm group exceeded this score. The percentile rank is not a percentage of items the student answered correctly.
How to Interpret NWEA RIT Scores
For your reference, here is the normative data chart.
From these normative charts, this tells you the following:
- Based on a child’s OVERALL RIT score, it can give you a general understanding of how your child scored based on how other students across the nation scored. *Please note: These scores DO NOT indicate grade level equivalence!
- For example, if you have a 3rd grader with a RIT score of 199 in reading (for End-Year/Spring), this means that s/he is scoring on par where a typical 3rd grader in the nation would score on the spring reading assessment (Range: 183-213).
- For example, if you have a 9th grader with a RIT score of 235 in math (for End-Year/Spring), this means that s/he is scoring on par where a typical 9th grader in the nation would score on the spring math assessment (Range: 214-252).
How to Interpret NWEA RIT Growth & Growth Projection Scores
Based on your child’s fall test score and grade level, MAP determines a personal growth goal for your child’s spring test. The dotted bar on the graph shows the RIT score that your child is projected to earn for spring testing.
If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress or growth, please contact their teacher(s).
Please visit NWEA Parent Toolkit for more information!