MAP Reading Fluency - Your Questions Answered

Blog Post created by on Feb 9, 2018

Thanks to all of you who attended our webinar, Get to know MAP Reading Fluency on February 7. We could not get to all your questions during the live webinar and wanted to share answers to the most frequently asked questions here.


Does MAP Reading Fluency work on iPads?


There is a dedicated app to deliver the MAP Reading Fluency student test on an iPad; however, it is currently in use for research purposes only. This app will be available for general use in the 2018-19 school year.



What type of headsets are required? Can you provide a recommended brand and approximate cost?


Over-ear headsets with a boom-style microphone and passive noise canceling are required to use MAP Reading Fluency. NWEA successfully used Avid brand models AE-36 and AE-39 in pilot testing. The two models vary in the input connection. AE-36 is an analog (3.5mm or aux) connection, and AE-39 is USB.


Preferred pricing is available to NWEA partners though Supply Master. The AE-36 model is $10 per unit and the AE-39 is $21. The USB connection provides a higher quality audio recording, which may improve ease of use of MAP Reading Fluency tests. USB headsets are recommended for desktop and laptop test delivery. Analog is required for iPad and recommended for Chromebooks.


How often can the test be given? Can MAP Reading Fluency be used as a universal screener and/or as a progress monitoring tool?


MAP Reading Fluency can be used in fall, winter, and spring as a universal screener or benchmark assessment. NWEA plans to support more frequent usage for progress monitoring in a future version of the test, pending the calibration of sufficient content.


Is there an extra cost to add MAP Reading Fluency?


Yes, MAP Reading Fluency is an additional piece of the MAP Suite that is available at an additional cost. However, special pricing is available for existing MAP Growth partners. Contact your account manager for more details.


Can the test be used with ELL students?


Absolutely! MAP Reading Fluency is well-suited to assess English learners because it isolates specific skills and dimensions of oral reading for which English learners may experience uneven progress. For example, some ELL students may struggle more with comprehension than their fluency level would suggest, and this is clearly identified in MAP Reading Fluency reports.


How does the test account for speech delays, accents, or other speech issues that might be found in K-3 students?


The settings or “strictness” of the speech-scoring engine have been tuned to a general population of K-3 students across the U.S., including those with regional accents, second language acquisition accents, and speech impairments. Developmental speech patterns and moderate accents are well-tolerated because the tuning has been set leniently. For students with pronounced articulation difficulties or strong accents, a higher rate of un-scorable audio may be observed. This can be addressed by using the audio review functionality to provide a score manually.


What norms are used for determining the grade-level expectations for Words Correct Per Minute (WCPM)?


Hasbrouck and Tindal norms for oral reading fluency are used to set the expectation levels for passage reading. Performance on other measures is classified as meeting, above, approaching, or below expectation based on judgement from curriculum experts and empirical data from field testing.


Can MAP Reading Fluency be used beyond grades K-3 for struggling readers?


At this time, MAP Reading Fluency is only appropriate for K-3 students. In a future version of the assessment, NWEA plans to introduce content, test logic, and an interface that are suited to older, struggling readers.


Is the instructional reading level aligned with leveled readers, such as Fountas and Pinnel, DRA, or others?


The instructional reading level is reported as a range, using a grade-equivalency scale. Using an instructional reading level chart, this grade-based value can be correlated with leveled readers, such as Fountas and Pinnel, DRA, and more.


Can schools get started yet this school year? How can we learn more, get a demo, or get started?


Yes! The Early Adopter program is accepting enrollments in schools and districts in the US throughout the remainder of the 2017-18 school year for those who want to start now. The winter test window is currently open, and the spring window will begin March 26th.


Contact your account manager to enroll, and to learn more or get a demo. If you are not sure who your account manager is, please visit, or call 1-866-654-3246.