Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the different NWEA™ assessments? 

    Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) – These computerized tests are adaptive and offered in Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics. When taking a MAP® test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. In an optimal test, a student answers approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level.

    What is the  MAP® for Science?

    This computerized adaptive test provides useful information about where a student is learning in two areas of science: General Science and Concepts & Processes.

    MAP® for Primary Grades –

    These computerized tests include Screening (diagnostic) tests, Skills Checklist (diagnostic) tests, and Survey w/ Goals (adaptive) tests in Reading and Mathematics. These assessments provide teachers with an efficient way to assess achievement levels of early learners so they can spend more time teaching and less time administering individual diagnostic tests.
    They provide information to guide instruction. As early learners enter school with a wide variety of educational experiences   
    early identification of achievement levels is foundational for teachers establishing an environment for early academic success. The tests help identify the needs of all primary grades students, from struggling to advanced learners. 

    Do all students in the same grade take the same test?

    No. MAP® assessments are designed to target a student’s academic performance in mathematics, reading, language usage, and science. These tests are tailored to an individual’s current achievement level. This gives each student a fair opportunity to show what he or she knows and can do. In MAP® assessments, the computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique test.