Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

CSD uses NWEA's MAP assessments as a growth indicator for students in grades K-10 for reading, language arts, and mathematics. Students are given MAP tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year. The tests are administered on the computer in August, December and May, and allow teachers, administrators and parents to monitor growth from year to year.

The Northwest Evaluation Association re-norms MAP every three years. The most recent set of norms went into effect August 2015.


Parent Resources:

Dear CSD Parent or Guardian,

Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) tests determine your child’s instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the SPR_Quick_Reference.jpgschool year, and from year to year in the areas of math, reading and language usage.

MAP tests are unique in that they are adaptive tests your child takes on a computer. That means that the test became more difficult the more questions your child answers correctly. When your child incorrectly answers a question, the test becomes easier. Therefore, your child takes a test specifically created for his or her learning level. In addition, your child should have had the opportunity to learn the information presented on the test because the tests are aligned with the Georgia Standards of Excellence.

Your child’s MAP results are reported in RIT scores. This is a different type of score than a typical test that provides a percentage correct. It is also different from many tests that provide results based on your child’s score compared to others in his or her grade.  Instead, the RIT score is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, that is independent of grade level. As a result, we can easily measure growth in learning. This type of score increases the value of the tests as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers to recognize where to focus attention for your child’s learning.

MAP testing is a powerful tool for monitoring student growth over time. Below you will find a document called Normative Data. This document provides an overview of the norms including the scope of the study, the methodology used, and the ways norms can be used by educators to review their student data. This document provides status norms of RIT scores, with norms samples for Mathematics, Reading and Language Usage.

For more information on resources for parents, download the Parent Toolkit.
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The CompassLearning Odyssey program is web‐based curriculum used in the K-5 classroom. CompassLearning allows students and parents to access the program from their home computer and includes learning activities aligned to the students' MAP scores in Math and Language Arts. Read more about CompassLearning by visiting this website: www.csdectur.net/departments/instruction/


Teacher links:

2016 RIT to Concepts Chart: Use the attached word lists as you teach the concepts that students are ready to learn. For students who scored within a given range, you can enhance their instruction by reinforcing this vocabulary.



Professional Learning on MAP: