Update- 20 Minute MAP Growth in a Flash: Refresher for MAP Growth

Idea created by Jennifer Clairmont on Mar 25, 2020

    As we return from summer break or even at Winter or Spring testing and need those quick, brief, reminders about key MAP Growth points, could a "5 minute MAP in a Flash" Refresher for MAP Growth be added to the Professional Learning account as an option to just get a quick overview of key ideas. 


    This would be really handy to have in one, perhaps 10 minute video, but break it down by MAP Growth, MAP Fluency, and MAP Skills. 


    Here  are the most common "refresher" questions I get asked and that I made a MAP Quick Fact Sheet on:


    Key points to include:

    -MAP is NOT a mastery test

    -MAP is adaptive (prep students for Growth Mindset & understanding importance of test)


    MAP Test Durations 

    MAP Growth *half of students finish in these times- prepare for those that take longer!

    K-1: about 25-33 minutes 

    2-4: about 36-56 minutes 

    5-8: about 53-63 minutes 

    MAP Reading Fluency- about 20-30 minutes


    MAP Growth # of Questions (all levels are adaptive)

    Reading K-1- varies because of adaptiveness

    Reading 2-5 & 6+- about 40-43 questions

    Math K-1- varies because of adaptiveness

    Math 2-5 & 6+ -about 50-53 questions

    Science 5 & 8- 45 questions

    *Growth tests can be broken up into multiple testing sessions

    **Always refer to district re-testing policy for guidance on students who may need to take the tests again


    RIT Scores

    Minimum- 100

    Max: 320 Reading & 350 Math


    In summary, the RIT scale is:

    • An achievement scale
    • Accurate
    • Equal interval
    • Useful for measuring growth over time
    • The same regardless of the grade or age of the student

    RIT stands for Rasch UnIT, which is a measurement scale developed to simplify the interpretation of test scores.

    a..k.a. “Ready for Instruction Today”

    See also: How can I explain RIT scores to students and parents?


    Valid Standard Error of Measure (SEM) for Growth and Screening tests for 2-5 & 6+ only (NOT K-2 tests) 

    • All Growth Tests: 1.0 - 5.5
    • All Screening Tests: 1.0 - 7.6

    Tests with an SEM outside of these ranges are considered invalid for reporting and growth. This does not include K-2 tests. For info on K-2 tests, see SEM does not invalidate MAP Growth K-2 tests.


    Rapid Guessing: teacher must decide who to retest

    • 10-29% is normal for rapid guessing



    MAP Fluency (MRF):

    NWEA Default Windows: Fall: 7/20 - 11/30,  Winter: 12/1 - 2/28 (2/29 on leap years),  Spring: 3/1 - 7/19, Summer: Spring


    Note: While students up to grade 8 can be rostered to use MAP Reading Fluency, grade-level expectations are currently only reported up to the fifth-grade level for English and the third-grade level for Spanish.


    Student Norms “Academic Peer Group”- (a.k.a.National Norming Grouping of Students) For Percentile Ranking of 

    Students are groups by the following:

    1. Grade level of students in student information system
    2. Same RIT band from BOY testing
    3. Same number of weeks of instruction prior to testing
    4. Same subject (math, reading, science, etc.)


    School Norms (from Student Growth Report)

    • School norms are based on relative schools with similar mean RIT scores
    • Same grade level with same number of weeks of instruction prior to testing


    Reports and Test Data Availability

    • Growth: test results available next day unless invalid results
    • Growth test was given outside of universal screening windows will show results grayed out in:
      •  Student Progress Report
      • Class Report
      • Grade Report
    • Skills Checklists Student Report appear same day if taken during date range specified in generating report


    “Invalid” Growth Test Criteria: *always refer to districts re-testing policy!

    • Duration of test was too short
    • RIT outside of valid range
    • SEM outside of valid range(<5.5) (on RIT score- not growth %tile)
    • Rapid guessing threshold was met (30%+)


    Reports available at all times:

     Grade report 



    Reports available ONLY after the test window is declared complete:


    MAP Reading Fluency Interpretive Tables

    Grade Range for MRF

    Note: Grade-level expectations are currently only reported up to the fifth-grade level for English and the third-grade level for Spanish.

    Students in grades PK–3 assigned Adaptive Oral Reading receive a fully adaptive test. Students in these grades start with a two-minute sentence fluency task. If this task is completed with 15 or more questions answered and at least 75% accuracy, the student moves on to passage reading and comprehension questions. If the student does not meet this criterion, they will see foundational skills test items.

    Students in grades 4 and above assigned Adaptive Oral Reading will receive only passage reading and comprehension questions. Their tests will not adapt down to present foundational skills items. If foundational skills assessment is required above grade 4, you can use the Foundational Skills test. However, please note that the Foundational Skills test content is designed for younger children, and the measurement ceiling for the test is first-grade skills. This means that older students assigned Foundational Skills will always receive a score of Below Grade Level in all areas.

    What is the zone of proximal development (ZPD) and how do I use it in the classroom?

    The zone of proximal development (ZPD) is the difference between what a student can do independently and what they can do with targeted assistance (scaffolding). Psychologist Lev Vygotsky coined this term in the 20th century to describe the ideal level where instruction is most beneficial for each student - just beyond their current level of independent capability.


    MAP Growth Reading VS MAP Reading Fluency

    MAP Growth in general has Reading audio support in grades, especially if students don’t go up to reading sentences and passages VS MAP Reading Fluency has no audio support so it will give a different look at reading skills.

    *If looking for most accurate Lexile Measured, refer to MRF