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Measures of Academic Progress  (MAP)

We hope you find everything you need on this page or in the navigation choices along the right side in the "More Information" box. If you would like to see the calendar for test window dates for this school year, click here. If you would like to read more about the history of MAP in Seattle Public Schools, click here.

What is MAP and how is it different than other tests?


MAP which stands for Measures of Academic Progress, is a computer-based assessment program produced by Northwest Evaluation Association or NWEA. Each child spends about 45 minutes completing each test for both reading and math, in the winter and spring, with an option to test in the fall. MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to the appropriate level for your child’s learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward learning. MAP is aligned to Washington State standards and is used in 131 districts throughout the state of Washington. Approximately three million students take the test each year across the United States and throughout the world.

What is the purpose of MAP?


• Provides teachers with information to improve student learning;
• Monitors academic growth and consistently tracks progress over time;
• Informs students, teachers and families about student skills;
• Makes data driven decisions about instruction.

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Interpreting Results


MAP Results are reported using two scales—RIT and Percentiles. In addition, students are given a Lexile score for reading.

RIT (Rasch unITs) are used to show a student’s current achievement on a scale that is independent of grade level. These scores show growth over time. RIT scores show what students are ready to learn rather than what they have already mastered.

Percentiles are used to compare a student to a large group of students of similar age or grade level. These scores are useful to compare students around the country. For example, a student at the 85th percentile ranks the same as or higher than 85 students in a group of 100.

Lexile Scores are used to show where a student is at on the Lexile scale. Along with reading RIT scores, MAP assessments also report Lexile scores. With its unique reading scale and set of corresponding tools, The Lexile Framework for Reading provides another way to measure a student's reading level and growth. The framework helps educators and parents select reading materials that appropriately challenge students, thereby guiding the development of stronger reading skills. Lexile scores enable teachers and parents to place individual students on the Lexile scale and take advantage of the tools within the Lexile Framework. More information can be found on the Lexile web site at www.lexile.com.


If you're looking for other information about MAP assessments and scores, please read the "NWEA MAP Basic Facts" document. You can also access the main NWEA website.

MAP Feedback


If you have questions or comments about the MAP Assessments in general or about your child's results on the MAP Assessment we encourage you to contact your child's teacher or school directly. If you do not have a connection with a particular school in Seattle Public Schools, feel free to direct your comments or questions here.

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