Individualized Assessment Measuring Proficiency and Growth
Unlike traditional skills assessments, MAP testing is untimed, individualized, measures knowledge across grade level, and is consistent from assessment-to-assessment, year-to-year. The online test presents questions, immediately analyzes your child’s response, and selects a follow-up question of appropriate difficulty. If your child answers correctly, the questions become more challenging. If he or she answers incorrectly, they become simpler.
This adaptive progression continues throughout the assessment, providing a true picture of the skills and concepts your child has mastered and those not yet learned—independent of grade level, age, or current classroom performance. And because the test is untimed, your child can move at his or her own pace, diminishing the feelings of anxiety and frustration that can be caused by traditional standardized testing.
How We Use the Results
The result of the MAP assessment is an itemized score in each subject area. These scores are measured against the RIT scale (for Rausch unit), a fixed learning scale that uses individual item difficulty values to estimate student achievement. RIT is aligned to state benchmarks and divided into equal parts, or intervals, that represent knowledge in an ascending level of difficulty. In movements similar to centimeters on a ruler, the RIT “measurements” indicate where your child lives on the scale in relation to other children in the class, grade, state, and nation.
By analyzing these RIT measurements, we can chart your child’s academic growth in each subject area from quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year. This allows us to offer highly individualized instruction plans based on current achievement levels in each academic area, thus helping your child build upon strengths while addressing areas that are weaker in relation to state curriculum standards and measurable growth expectations.