MAP Testing

What is MAP testing?

MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child’s academic growth.

NWEA MAP Resources for Parents:

A Parents Guide to MAP Testing

This quick guide was created as a resource to help your family better understand MAP® and your child’s results. Learn answers to questions including: What does MAP measure? How do schools and teachers use MAP scores? What information will I receive from my child’s school?

NWEA MAP Parent Strategies and Activities

NWEA MAP Goal Strategies


Here are answers to six more questions that parents ask about MAP:

1. How do schools and teachers use MAP scores?

NWEA offers many different reports to help schools and teachers use MAP information. These reports provide information to teachers and administrators on how students, schools, grade levels, and classes can be monitored to see how students are growing.

Teachers can see the progress of individual students and of their class as a whole. Students with similar MAP scores are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics. MAP also provides data around the typical growth for students who are in the same grade, subject, and have the same starting achievement level. This data is often used to help students set goals and understand what they need to learn to achieve their goals.

2. Can MAP tell me if my child is working at grade level?

MAP measures student achievement and growth independent of grade level – so it can show where students may need extra support or advanced learning opportunities. That said, there are resources that put a student’s performance into the grade level context. Just as a doctor has a chart showing the most common heights of people at certain ages, NWEA has put together charts showing the median RIT scores for students at various grade levels. NWEA researchers examined the scores of millions of students to find the median scores for students in various grades. You can see a chart of these scores in the Comparative Data to Inform Instructional Decisions These averages can tell you if a child is at, below, or above grade level.

Please note that MAP scores are just one data point that teachers use to determine how a student is performing. And of course, you will want to discuss any questions that you have about your child’s performance with your child’s teacher.

3. What subjects are available with MAP?

There are MAP tests for grades 2 – 12 in reading, language usage, and mathematics, and in science for grades 3 – 9.

There are also Primary Grades tests for grades K – 2 in reading and mathematics. With these child-friendly tests for young learners, students wear headphones since many questions include audio to assist those who are still learning to read. The tests for grades K – 2 may also be referred to as MAP for Primary Grades (MPG).

4. What types of questions are on the MAP tests?

The MAP tests include multiple choice, drag and drop, and other types of questions. You can access some short sample tests to get an idea of what MAP questions look like.

5. How can I help my child prepare for MAP tests?

Your child’s teacher will help with any pre-test instructions to explain the test to the students. Just like any school day, make sure your child is well-rested and fed with a well-rounded diet. Encourage them to do their best.

6. What does NWEA do with my child’s information? Is it secure?

NWEA uses technological and operational measures to ensure security and privacy. A few of these include regular security audits and monitoring, technological controls, physical access controls, and privacy training for employees.

NWEA does not use your child’s personally identifiable information (PII) for any purpose other than to provide services to your child’s school. Combined information that has been stripped of PII, and therefore is not traceable to any student, is used for research and development so that we can continuously improve our products to accelerate learning for all students.

We do not sell PII, either. Data sharing (if any) is completely at the control of the schools and districts that purchase our products.

If you’re a parent and have any additional questions about the MAP test, please ask your teacher, check out our other blog content for many posts on MAP, or visit our website.