What happens if we change test versions or alignments mid-year?

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What are the implications for reports if an organization changes test versions or test alignments mid-year?

NWEA recommends making changes before the start of your academic year. This is because different test versions or alignments may have different instructional areas (also known as goal areas), and depending on how different the test versions are, this can have implications in some MAP Growth reports. However, we understand that there are some circumstances where your organization may wish to change MAP Growth test versions or standards alignments mid-year. If you do decide to switch test versions or test alignments mid-year, you may notice the following issues on reports:
  • Learning continuum, Class report, Grade report, and Class and Grade breakdown reports: Reports ordered for different terms may show different instructional areas, so the instructional area scores will not be directly comparable between reports.
  • Student Goal Setting Worksheet: The instructional area information will be missing entirely if you order this report for two terms using different test alignments.

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What about RIT scores, percentiles, and growth?

RIT scores, percentiles, and growth projections are unaffected by changing test versions. This includes a student switching between K-2, 2-5 and 6+ versions of the same assessment in a particular subject. Any test taken in a particular subject is measured on the same RIT scale, regardless of standards alignment or test version. Similarly, the norms (which are used to generate percentiles and growth projections) are based on the subject area, and not the standards alignment for the particular test.

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