MAP College Readiness Benchmarks Study summary

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The College Readiness Benchmarks Study predicts performance on the ACT® achievement tests in reading and mathematics using scores on MAP Growth assessments for reading and mathematics for students in grades 5 through 10. The study document contains data for grades 5-9, while MAP Growth reports contain data for grades 5-10.

The College Readiness Benchmarks Study identifies MAP Growth cut scores that correspond to published college readiness benchmarks on the ACT, and provides a set of tables to help teachers and parents gauge whether a student is on track in his or her preparation for college success.

Summary of findings

Generally, the study finds that middle school students are likely to be college ready if they performed between the 70th to 84th percentiles in mathematics or between the 66th to 75th percentiles in reading. Results also suggest, according to the 2015 achievement norms for MAP Growth, that college readiness benchmarks are more stringent the closer it is to graduation from high school.

It is important to stress that the estimated MAP Growth benchmarks are anchored on the ACT score of 24, for both reading and mathematics, a benchmark recommended for use with NWEA partners. This benchmark, which takes into consideration the college admissions profile of enrolled students in major state universities across the country, is more stringent than the widely-circulated ACT college readiness benchmark of 22.

For the less stringent ACT = 22 benchmark, middle school students are likely to be college ready if they performed between the 61st to 76th percentiles in mathematics or between the 59th to 69th percentiles in reading on MAP Growth. The 2015 Measures of Academic Progress Comparative Data to Inform Instructional Decisions document now also incorporates multiple college and career readiness benchmarks for goal setting.

College Explorer

NWEA's College Explorer tool allows you to see which RIT scores correlate with admission to individual colleges across the United States. This tool is available online here: Mapping the Road to College. You can also embed the tool on your school's website. Read more about the tool here: College Explorer tool.

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