The NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress) assessments are computerized tests that are adaptive in nature and offered in Reading and Mathematics. For the Measures of Academic Progress, MAP, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the students answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. In an optimal test, a student’s answers approximately half the times correctly and half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level.
MAP for Primary Grades are computerized tests that include screening tests, skills checklist tests and survey with goals tests in reading and mathematics. These assessments:
- Provide teachers with a way to assess achievement levels of early learners so they can spend more time teaching effectively and meeting student needs
- Provide information to guide instruction during the early stages of a student’s academic career.
NWEA assessments are used to measure growth in reading and mathematics. The scale used to measure the progress is called the RIT (Rasch unit which is an equal-interval scale and measures growth from year to year. Teachers in our district use the RIT to determine each child’s learning goals.