Why is it important to know how to read my NWEA reports?
Teachers who can read and interpret their reports are better prepared to use the data to influence instruction, create flexible groupings, adjust time spent on certain topics, etc
NWEA hopes that as you begin to understand the data from Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP) assessments, you will begin to think about ways to share resources in your building and constantly look at the best ways to help all students learn and grow. Reading and interpreting your reports can be one of the keys to unlocking student growth.
When and how do I get my reports?
Teacher Reports are available within 24 hours of uploading the data to NWEA. This means that if your students test on a Monday, you can access and print your Teacher Reports on Tuesday. Your district's MAP Coordinator can provide you with a login to the Client-Server MAP Reports Site.
What is a RIT Score?
RIT stands for Rasch unIT, which is a unit of measure that uses individual item difficulty values to estimate student achievement. RIT scores create an equal-interval scale. Equal interval means that the difference between scores is the same regardless of whether a student is at the top, bottom, or middle of the RIT scale; it has the same meaning regardless of grade level. More details
What is the Standard of Error Measure (SEM) and RIT ranges?
The standard error of measure (SEM) indicates a score's accuracy. If a student takes the same test twice within the same term, the test with the lowest standard error is determined to be the more accurate of the two tests and will be highlighted in reports.
In some instances this may be the score with the lower RIT. A student with a high standard error is one with more erratic answering patterns. The lower standard error indicates we are better able to accurately predict the student's true score as they answered within a specific, predictable pattern. The RIT range is comprised of the overall RIT score +/- the SEM. More Details
What is the difference between percentile and percent correct?
A percentile ranking represents how well a student performs compared to other students in a nationwide norm sample for their grade. A student scoring at the 35th percentile scored as well as, or better than, 35 percent of students in the same grade in the norm group. It also means that 65 percent of the students exceeded this score. A students percentile is not the percentage of items answered correctly. More details
How do I use the goal Data?
Goal scores are available in two forms; by RIT Ranges and Goal Descriptors. Goal scores are reported as a RIT score range. The RIT score range includes the error of measurement and can be used to place a student, or groups of students, directly into NWEA’s DesCartes: A Continuum of Learning for instructional guidance related to appropriate content. Client-Server MAP reports break down the goal descriptors in different ways. Depending on the report the goal descriptors are displayed in thirds, fourths (quartiles), or fifths (quintiles). More details
How do I help Students set Goals?
A great way to engage students in their own learning is to set goals with them. Have each student choose one goal that they will work extra ******* this year. Encourage them to choose one of the goals that is an area of concern for them.
When students test again the next season, bring this goal to the forefront once more and have the students compare their scores from one testing term to the next, to check for growth. NWEA’s RIT Point Growth Norms will show you what typical growth is for each of your students. They should also record their overall score and set a realistic growth target with your help.
What do I need to know to share with parents?
When you meet with parents, you can let the parents know how the student is performing in relation to the district scores for that grade. For example, you could say "Your student is performing at a very high level for a typical sixth grader." You can share your class goal with the parents as well as the student’s own goal. Then give them a couple of ways they can help their child at home on the student’s chosen goal. Make sure they are simple, but effective, strategies the parents can use.