NWEA MAP Testing

What is NWEA?

The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) is a not-for-profit organization committed to helping school districts world-wide improve learning for all students.  NWEA partners with more than 2,200 school districts representing more than three million students.  As a result of NWEA tests, educators can make informed decisions to promote your child’s academic growth.  At AIAN, we use the NWEA MAP assessment to measure students' growth in core subject areas over time.

How Does the MAP Assessment Measure Growth?

MAP stands for Measure of Academic Progress.  When a student takes a MAP test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well the student has answered previous questions, and as the student answers questions correctly, the questions that follow become more difficult.  If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier.  In an optimal test, a student will answer approximately half the questions correctly and half incorrectly.  The final score is an estimate of the student’s overall growth in a particular subject since the last time that student was assessed.

Where can I learn more about NWEA?

MAP testing at AIAN is coordinated through the ELL department and is administered to students in grades 1 thru 11 in the fall and spring of each academic year.  For more information, you may inquire with the ELL Coordinator, Mr. Glen Porritt, or follow the link to visit the NWEA website.


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