A Parent's Guide to MAP

Measures of Academic Progress ®

 

What is MAP?

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a state-aligned computerized adaptive assessment program that provides Aiken County educators with the information they need to improve teaching and learning and make student-focused, data-driven decisions. Students in grades one through nine are tested three times per year in math, reading, and language usage. Educators use the growth and achievement data from MAP to develop targeted instructional strategies and to plan school improvement.

 

MAP:

  • Is not an accountability test
  • Generates test questions based on student responses
  • Reports student results in RIT scores (see back page)
  • Gives immediate results
  • Is aligned to SC curriculum standards
  • Measures growth over time
  • Provides information used to target individual instruction

 

Student MAP Scores

Student MAP testing results are reported in RIT scores (short for Rasch Unit). A RIT score is an estimation of a student’s instructional level and also measures student progress or growth in school. You may have a chart in your home on which you mark your child’s height at certain times, such as on his or her birthday. This is a growth chart to show how much he or she has grown from one year to the next. MAP assessments do the same sort of thing, except they measure your student’s growth in mathematics, reading, and language usage. The RIT scale is an equal-interval scale much like feet and inches on a yardstick. It is used to chart your child’s academic growth from year to year. This type of score increases the value of the tests as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers to pinpoint what students have learned and what students are ready to learn.

 

Understanding the RIT Score

The charts on the inside of this brochure show national median RIT scores for grades 1-9 in a typical school district. You may use these charts to help determine if your student is performing at, above, or below grade level compared to students across the nation.

 

It is important to understand that the MAP test is one test at one point in time. It does not measure intelligence or a student’s capacity for learning. When making important decisions about students, school staff will consider the MAP test results along with other data such as classroom performance, other test scores, and input from parents and teachers.

 

Growth Over Time

We expect RIT scores to increase over time. Typically, younger students show more growth in one year than older students. Students who test above grade level often show less growth. Sometimes RIT scores may decline from one test to the next. One low test score is not cause for immediate concern. Like adults, students have good and bad days and their test results do not always indicate what they know. Students’ attitudes toward the test can also affect their score. Therefore, growth over time is a better measure of student learning.

 

Parents and guardians should become comfortable with the understanding that individuals will grow at different rates. Anticipated growth rates for each student are based on national norms and should be viewed as “typical” growth, not expected growth. Teachers and principals have participated in training to learn what the MAP test results mean and how to best utilize the results. Our goal is for teachers to use the data to differentiate and adjust instruction so that all students grow at levels appropriate for each individual.

 

If you have questions, please contact your student’s classroom teacher.

 

When are tests given?

Three (3) times per year:

September/October (Fall)

December/January (Winter)

March (Spring)

 

How are tests given?

  • On the computer under adult supervision in the school setting
  • Adjusts to a student’s skill level so that each student takes an individualized test

 

What tests are given?

 

Grade

Reading

Math

Language

1st

X

X

 

2nd—9th

X

X

X

 

 

Growth Guideline Chart

The chart below shows the NATIONAL grade level scores for 1st-9th graders who tested in Fall and Spring. This shows the yearly growth that is typical for each grade level. When you review your child’s scores, you can check to see if his/her growth is above, at, or below average, compared to students in the same grade.

 

 


Reading

Year's Growth

 

Fall

Spring

1

160

173

13

2

179

190

11

3

192

200

8

4

201

207

6

5

208

212

4

6

213

216

3

7

217

219

2

8

220

223

3

9

222

224

2

 

Math

Year's Growth

 

Fall

Spring

1

164

178

14

2

179

191

12

3

192

203

11

4

203

211

8

5

212

220

8

6

219

225

6

7

225

230

5

8

230

234

4

9

233

236

3

   

 

 

 

Is my child on grade level?

Reading

Fall MAP Reading RIT Score

Grade

Above Grade Level

At Grade Level

Below Grade Level

1-Grade Below

2-Grades Below

1

 161+

160 

147-159 

146- 

 

2

 180+

 179

 161-178

 147-160

146-

3

 193+

 192

 180-191

 161-179

160-

4

 202+

 201

 193-200

 180-192

179-

5

 209+

 208

  202-207

 193-201

 192-

6

 214+

 213

  209-212

 202-208

  201-

7

 218+

 217

  214-216

 209-213

  208-

8

 221+

 220

  218-219

 214-217

  213-

9

 223+

 222

 221

 218-220

217-


Winter MAP Reading RIT Score

Grade

Above Grade Level

At Grade Level

Below Grade Level

1-Grade Below

2-Grades Below

1

168+ 

 167

152-166 

 151-

 

2

 187+

 186

 168-185

 152-167

151- 

3

 198+

 197

 187-196

 168-186

 167-

4

 206+

 205

 198-204

 187-197

 186-

5

 212+

 211

 206-210

 198-205

 197-

6

 216+

 215

 212-214

 206-211

 205-

7

 220+

 219

 216-218

 212-215

 211-

8

 223+

 222

 220-221

 216-219

 215-

9

 224+

223 

 

220-222 

 219-


Spring MAP Reading RIT Score

Grade

Above Grade Level

At Grade Level

Below Grade Level

1-Grade Below

2-Grades Below

1

174-187 

 173

156-172 

 155-

 

2

 191-209

 190

174-189

156-173

155- 

3

 201-218

 200

191-199

174-190

173-

4

 208-225

 207

 201-206

191-200

190-

5

 213-230

 212

 208-211

 201-207

200-

6

 217-234

 216

 213-215

 208-212

 207-

7

 220-237

 219

 217-218

 213-216

 212-

8

 224-240

 223

 220-222

 217-219

 216-

9

 225-242

224 

 

220-223 

 219-

Math

 

Fall MAP Math RIT Score

 

Above Grade Level

At Grade Level

Below Grade Level

1-Grade Below

2-Grades Below

1

165+ 

 164

149-163 

148- 

 

2

180+

 179

 165-178

 149-164

148- 

3

193+

 192

 180-191

 165-179

 164-

4

 204+

 203

 193-202

 180-192

179-

5

 213+

 212

 204-211

 193-203

192-

6

 220+

 219

 213-218

 204-212

 203-

7

 226+

 225

 220-224

 213-219

 212-

8

 231+

 230

 226-229

 220-225

 219-

9

 234+

 233

 231-232

 226-230

 225-

 


Winter MAP Math RIT Score

 

Above Grade Level

At Grade Level

Below Grade Level

1-Grade Below

2-Grades Below

1

172+ 

171 

 153-170

152- 

 

2

 187+

186

 172-185

 153-171

152- 

3

 200+

199

 187-198

 172-186

 171-

4

 209+

 208

 200-207

 187-199

 186-

5

 217+

 216

 209-215

 200-208

 199-

6

 223+

 222

 217-221

 209-216

  208-

7

 229+

 228

 223-227

 217-222

  216-

8

 233+

 232

 229-231

 223-228

  222-

9

 235+

 234

 233

 229-232

  228-

 


Spring MAP Math RIT Score

 

Above Grade Level

At Grade Level

Below Grade Level

1-Grade Below

2-Grades Below

1

179+ 

178 

159-177 

158- 

 

2

192+

191

179-190

 159-178

158- 

3

 204+

 203

192-202

 179-191

 178-

4

 212+

 211

 204-210

 192-203

 191-

5

 221+

 220

 212-219

 204-211

 203-

6

 226+

 225

 221-224

 212-220

 211-

7

 231+

 230

 226-229

 221-225

 220-

8

 235+

 234

 231-233

 226-230

 225-

9

 237+

 236

 235

 231-234

 230-

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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