MAPs Testing

Measures of Academic Progress

Measures of Academic Progress

Understanding each student’s academic level gives teachers the power to help them excel. MAP computerized adaptive assessments are the tools that make it possible – providing educators with the detailed information they need to build curriculum and meet their students’ needs, one child at a time.The benefits of NWEA MAPs are:

  • Tests will be administered in Reading, Math, Language Usage, and Science (web-based in the computer lab).
  • Shorter testing time
  • MAPs is adaptable per student. This truly assists in diagnosing each student’s achievement and ability levels.
  • Detailed information regarding each student is available for staff and parents within 24 hours of testing.
  • Individualized plans with target growth areas are identified
  • MAPs allows for Student, School, Diocesan and “Norm Group” Reporting
  • MAPs allows for a MEAP comparison score
  • MAPs can provide a “RIT to Reading Range Report” for each student. The Reading Range Report provides a reading range for each student tested with links to reading resources.
  • MAPs will identify students whose testing sessions may be invalid – guessing/length of time too short

Parent toolkit      Student Progress Report Quick Reference

Strategies for Parents    Use Your MAP Score to Compare Colleges

The Lexile Framework

The Lexile Framework is a scientific approach to reading and text measurement. The Lexile scale is a developmental scale for reading ranging from below 200L for beginning readers and text to above 1700L for advanced readers and text. Your child’s Lexile score is linked to your child’s MAPs Reading score and is one indicator of your child’s reading ability.

Lexile measures allow you to be involved in your child’s reading growth. When your child reads a text that is at the appropriate level, they are less likely to be frustrated with difficult text but challenged enough to encourage the reading progress. They should be able to understand about 75% of what they are reading on their own.

Your child’s Lexile measure does not translate specifically to a grade level, within any classroom there will be a range of readers. Lexiles track your child’s reading progress over time, no matter what grade they are in. Because reading well is an important key to academic success, it is essential that your child keep improving their reading skills. Your child should be encouraged to read often and independently, just twenty minutes a day at home can help improve reading ability.

Once you know your child’s Lexile measure, you can use the links below to find books that are at or near their reading level.

Look for a book using the Lexile score from MAPs testing reports

Lexile Score Book Search
Scholastic Book Wizard Click on A-Z Search by Reading Level

Math and Reading Activities sorted by RIT scores

Link to Online Math Games by RIT Scores
Link to Online Reading Games by RIT Scores
Link to Online Language Usage Games by RIT Scores