Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a series of adaptive assessments in the content areas of Language Usage, Mathematics and Reading created and developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association.


Facets of NWEA-MAP Assessments:

  • Adaptive assessment: When a child gets a question right, their next question is a more difficult question. If a child misses a question, their next question is an easier question.
  • When is the MAP assessment is administered? September, January and May.
  • How is the assessment administered? Each child takes the assessment on a computer. Children taking the MAP for Primary (kindergarten, first and some second graders) use headphones and have an auditory portion to the assessment. Children taking the standard MAP do not need headphones. Each test is untimed, can be paused and restarted at any time during the testing window (generally 3 weeks), and can be taken in multiple sessions.
  • What does a sample of this assessment look like? General Sample Questions, MAP for Primary Test Warm-Up, Standard MAP Test Warm-up
  • How can I interpret this report? View the Explanation of a MAP Report Guide Video (4:52)
  • Where can I go to find out more about how to support my child’s growth? DG58 SQUIRREL
  • What are the current MAP norms for each grade level? MathReading and Language Usage
MAP for Primary:
Students taking the MAP for Primary (generally kindergarten, first and some second graders) are assessed in Mathematics and Reading. The assessment contains some components that are auditory and some that are not. Children will receive a general RIT score, Lexile Score and goal area scores as follows:
  • Mathematics (primary): Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Measurement & Data, Numbers & Operation – Base 10, and Geometry
  • Reading (primary): Foundational Skills, Literature & Informational Text, Language & Writing, Vocabulary & Usage
Standard MAP:
Students taking the Standard MAP (most second graders, and all third through eighth graders) are assessed in Language Usage, Mathematics and Reading. The Mathematics assessment is slightly different for students in grades 2-5 from grades 6-8th as the Common Core State Standards have different goal areas of content focus. Children will receive a general RIT score, Lexile Score and goal area scores as follows:
  • Language Usage: Writing: Plan, Organize, Develop, Revise, Research; Language: Understand and Edit for Mechanics;  Language: Understand and Edit for Grammar, Usage
  • Mathematics (2-5): Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Numbers and Operations – Fractions, Geometry, Numbers and Operation – Base 10, & Measurement & Data,
  • Mathematics (6+): Algebra, Functions, Expressions, & Equations,  Geometry, The Real & Complex Number Systems, & Statistics and Probability
  • Reading: Literature, Informational Text, Foundational Skills and Vocabulary