Achievement Testing

MAP® (Measures of Academic Progress®)

NVCA uses MAP assessments to evaluate student academic progress in Mathematics and Reading. These are computer adaptive tests that adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique test. The difficulty of each question is based on how well the student has answered previous questions.

Frequently Asked Questions on MAP

What Tests Are Available?

Students are assigned to take MAP based on grade level, MAP for Primary Grades (MPG), MAP 2-5, or MAP 6+.

What is The Purpose of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Assessment?

MAP is a norm-referenced measure of student growth over time. MAP assessments, joined with other data points, provide detailed, actionable data about where each child is on his or her unique learning path. MAP assessments differ from other data sources to inform instruction by being nationally normed, by tracking student progress throughout a year and across school years, and by being linked to software tools which can assist teachers and administrators in planning instruction.

What Are The Uses of MAP?

MAP tests are based on a continuum of skills in Mathematics and Reading from low skill levels to high skill levels. MAP assessments help teachers identify the instructional level of the student and also provide context for determining where each student is performing in relation to local or state standards and national norms. MAP reports allow teachers to better target instruction based on students’ strengths and needs.

When Are The Assessments Taken?

In order to track growth during the school year, students in grades 1 through 8 are assessed two or three times: namely, in the beginning (Fall), middle (school-based decision, Winter), and end of the school year (Spring). Middle School students in Algebra or above will not take the MAP test. Although the tests are not timed, the typical length of time for the MAP test (Grades 2-8) is 1 hour per content area. MPG K-2 tests take from 15 to 30 minutes to complete. The length of the test varies because of the adaptive nature of the test.

How is Progress Measured?

MAP assessments are used to measure a student’s growth in Mathematics and Reading. The Fall assessment gathers baseline. The Winter assessment measures progress. The Spring assessment measures the students’ growth to that point.