# Areas of relative strength and areas of relative concern

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Introduction
In some MAP Growth reports, a goal area of relative concern or of relative strength will be indicated by italics, bold, or underlines, or yellow and green coloring or highlighting.

Information
The reports that have indications of areas of relative concern and areas of relative strength are:

## What does area of relative strength or area of relative concern mean and how is it determined?

When a student takes a MAP Growth test in a subject, they get an overall RIT score. They also get RIT ranges for goal areas, such as "Geometry" or "Informational Text". If the middle of the RIT range for a goal area is more than 3 points higher than the overall RIT score, then that goal area is an area of relative strength. If the middle of the RIT range for a goal area is more than 3 points lower than the overall RIT score, then it is an area of relative concern.

For example, let's say a student takes a MAP Growth math test and achieves an overall RIT score of 210. In the Geometry goal area, their RIT range is 209-219. The middle of this RIT range is 214. Because the 214 in Geometry is more than 3 points higher than their overall RIT score of 210, Geometry is an area of relative strength for this student.

In the Algebraic Thinking goal area, their RIT range is 202-210. The middle of this RIT range is 204. Because 204 in Algebraic Thinking is more than 3 points lower than their overall RIT score of 210, this is an area of relative concern.

The Student Profile report has similar information, Relative Strengths and Suggested Areas of Focus. However, they are calculated slightly differently than described above. See What is "Relative Strength" and "Suggested Area of Focus"?

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