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MAP Testing

Denver Christian School uses MAP assessments as a tool to continually improve our students’ academic performance. These formative assessments provide us with detailed diagnostic information that can be used to predict and measure student growth and drive instruction to meet the needs of all learners.  


By using MAP scores, we can track a student’s academic growth during a school year (fall to spring), and from year to year (spring to spring). These assessments also help our teachers identify a student’s strengths and/or if help is needed in any specific area. Approximately 10 million students nationwide, throughout Colorado, and in our local school district take MAP assessments each year. 


CLICK HERE for the Fall 2016 MAP letter to parents.

CLICK HERE to go directly to MAP Resources


Frequently Asked Questions:


What does MAP stand for?

MAP is an acronym for Measures of Academic Progress.

Who is NWEA?

The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping all children learn. NWEA provides research-based assessments, professional training, and consulting services to improve teaching and learning. The NWEA creates the MAP assessments.

What grade levels will be involved in this assessment?

2nd - 8th grade students will be involved in taking MAP assessments in the fall and spring.

9th - 12th grade students will be involved in taking MAP assessments in the spring.

What tests will each student take?

First grade students take Reading and Math assessments. The 2nd-12th grade students will take Reading, Math, and Language Usage assessments. There is an immense bank of questions for each of the subject areas.  Students questions will progress based on how they are answering the questions.  Each test has the following number of questions (approximately):

Reading – 42 questions

Math – 52 questions

Language Usage – 52 questions

How long will each assessment take?

Technically, there is no time limit, but most students complete each assessment in about 50 minutes. Extra time is given at a later time if needed.

What happens if a student is absent?

Anyone who misses a testing session will be asked to complete the test at another time. We have several extra time sessions built into the schedule.

What happens if a student just guesses and hurries through the test?

If a student progresses through all the questions too quickly, the test program will consider the result invalid, and another testing period will be scheduled.  MAP Proctors can also require a retest if the time is short and the score is low (reflecting an inaccurate student score).

What do the scores on the MAP look like?

MAP assessment scores are reported as RIT scores. RIT stands for Rausch Interval Unit, and it is a nationally recognized measuring scale.  A RIT score shows a student’s instructional level of a subject area (Reading, Math, and Language Usage).

Why is a RIT score useful?

The RIT score tells teachers exactly where the student should be working and what the next areas of instruction should be. Teachers are able to use the information to make flexible groups within the classroom, putting students with similar academic levels together.

How does the RIT score tell me how my child is doing in school?

Your child’s score is compared to over 500,000 other scores for children at the same grade level (this is the normative group). A mean (average) score is calculated for each grade level, along with above and below average benchmarks. By comparing your child’s scores to these indicators, you can see how your child compares to the students in the normative group. These scores are given as percentiles.  You will also see a chart indicating the progress your child is making from one test administration to the next. There are comparisons that help calculate the appropriate rate of growth in the RIT.


Additional MAP Resources


For more information from NWEA, please go to NWEA's website.

NWEA Resources for Parents

Skills Navigator:  Skills Navigator® helps educators save time by pinpointing discrete skill gaps to focus instruction and close achievement gaps.  To learn more, click here.

Skills Navigator Brochure

MAP to Khan Academy (Math):

For Primary Grades (PDF) August 2016 (up to RIT score of 202)

For Grades 2-5 (PDF) August 2016 (up to RIT score of 230)

For Grades 6+ (PDF) August 2016


"Mapping the Road to College" tool:

Click here to enter your MAP range and this tool will show the colleges aligned with your projected ACT score.