How does MAP Skills compare to the learning continuum?

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How does MAP Skills compare to the learning continuum?

MAP Skills and the learning continuum differ in purpose, origin, and structure.


The learning continuum presents learning statements in 10-point RIT bands. If a student's RIT score falls within a particular 10-point band, the learning statements represent topics that are correlated with that 10-point RIT band. The student may or may not have seen a test question for a particular topic, but that topic is similar in difficulty to test questions that are at the student's approximate RIT score. Every student who takes the same MAP Growth test and receives the same RIT score will have the same topics in the learning continuum.

MAP Skills describes the skills that an individual student is ready to learn, based on the student's Skills Locator assessments that specifically assess those skills.


The learning continuum was developed using learning statements generated from existing MAP Growth test items.

All MAP Skills items were written specifically to address the skills contained in the CCSS standards.


The learning continuum statements are difficulty-based and appear in all RIT ranges that have items associated with the statement. Learning statements vary in granularity and in the number of statements associated with a standard. One standard may have anywhere from 2 to more than 10 learning statements associated with it.

MAP Skills skills are grouped into linear sequences of strands that follow a logical learning progression. Skills are granular enough that mastery can be tested with just 5 or 6 items. Most standards have only one or two skills associated with them.

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