MAP Parent FAQs

MAP Growth is a computer adaptive test created by NWEA that students take three times per school year. The results provide teachers with information to help them deliver appropriate content for each student and determine their academic growth over time.

Computer adaptive tests adjust to each student’s learning level, providing a unique set of test questions based on their responses to previous questions. As the student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty.

MAP Growth is used to measure a student’s performance level at different times of the school year and compute their academic growth.

After each MAP Growth test, results are delivered in the form of a RIT (Rasch Unit) score that reflects the student’s academic knowledge, skills, and abilities. Think of this score like marking height on a growth chart. You can tell how tall your child is at various points in time and how much they have grown between one stage and another.

The RIT scale is a stable, equal-interval scale. Equal-interval means that a change of 10 RIT points indicates the same thing regardless of whether a student is at the top, bottom, or middle of the scale, and a RIT score has the same meaning regardless of grade level or age of the student. You can compare scores over time to tell how much growth a student has made.

MAP Growth helps schools and teachers know what your child is ready to learn at any point in time. Teachers can see the progress of individual students and of their class as a whole. Principals and administrators can see the progress of a grade level, school, or the entire district.

Since students with similar MAP Growth scores are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, it makes it easier for teachers to plan instruction. MAP Growth also provides typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject, and have the same starting performance level. This data is often used to help students set goals and understand what they need to learn to achieve their goals.

Yes. Just as a doctor has a chart showing the most common heights of people at certain ages, NWEA researchers have examined the scores of millions of students and put together charts showing the median RIT scores for students at various grade levels.

Note that MAP growth scores are just one data point that teachers use to determine how a student is performing. Please discuss any questions that you have about your child’s performance with your child’s teacher.

In Johnston County Public Schools MAP assessments are administered to all students in grades K-8 in reading and math, and some schools administer the optional language usage test.

For our students in grades K-2, students wear headphones, since many questions include audio to assist those who are still learning to read.

In JCPS, schools give MAP Growth tests to students at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year. This year,administrations of the MAP assessment are during September, January, and April.

After each assessment period, schools will provide your child’s Student Progress Report, which contains information and scores from your child’s most recent and past MAP Growth tests. A simplified sample report with definitions and explanations can be found here. Use this document to help you better understand how to read and interpret the report.

Ask your child’s school or teacher about your child’s test results and what more you can do to help your child achieve their academic goals. Additionally the parent resources below provide more information.

Parent-Guide to MAP (pdf)

Sample Test

NWEA Parent Blog

Student Resource Page