NWEA Testing

The NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment is given in the Fall, Winter and Spring to all students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. The assessment results will be shared with parents and/or guardians at Parent (Guardian)/Teacher Conferences.

What are the NWEA assessments used for?

MAP assessments are used to measure your student’s progress or growth in school. For example, you may have a chart at home which you mark your child’s height at certain times, such as on his or her birthday. This is a growth chart, showing how much he or she has grown from one year to the next. MAP assessments do the same sort thing, measuring your child’s growth in mathematics, reading, language usage, and science skills. The scale used to measure your child’s progress is called the RIT (Rasch unIT) scale. The RIT scale is an equal-interval scale, much like feet and inches. It is used to chart your child’s academic growth from year to year.

The Lexile Framework for Reading

NWEA has partnered with MetaMetrics, Inc., the developer of the Lexile Framework for Reading. A Lexile range is a score (displayed as a 150-point range) resulting from a correlation between NWEA’s RIT score and the Lexile scale that helps identify reading material that is at an appropriate difficulty level for an individual student. The 150-point Lexile range is included on NWEA’s Individual Student Progress Reports. Also, it allows educators and parents to find books, periodicals, and other reading material that should stimulate a student to new learning while rewarding their current reading abilities.


NWEA MAP test percentage of students above 50th percentile


Fall 2020 Math Spring 2021 Math
51% (53/103) 71% (75/105)


Fall 2020 Reading Spring 2021 Reading
60% (62/103) 71% (75/105)


Student Growth Summary Report

78% of students met or exceeded their projected RIT growth for math

68% of students met or exceeded their projected RIT growth for reading

Breakdown by grades:

Grades Percentage of students who tested above 50th percentile % of students who met or exceeded their projected RIT growth in 2020-21
Spring Math Spring Reading Math Reading
K 63 69 85 69
1 45 45 73 64
2 88 82 82 41
3 50 67 67 50
4 90 80 100 80
5 82 73 91 55
6 75 67 92 100
7 67 67 50 100
8 70 90 70 60
% total 71 71 78 68