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Answers 

1) 
Q 
What is a MAP test? 

A 
 The MAP (Measures of Academic
Progress) test is a computeradaptive test. A test is uniquely created
for each student based on how he or she responds to question. If a
student responds correctly the next question will be a little harder,
or, a little easier if the student responded incorrectly.
 All
students are measured on a single, continuous scale, called a RIT
scale, and the score is reported in RIT points or RITs.
 All
questions come from a huge bank of questions with each corresponding in
difficulty to a particular RIT score. Because a question with a RIT
level of 215 is more difficult, or represents a higher level of
learning or skill level, than a question from a RIT level of 214, it is
possible to measure growth over time.




2) 
Q 
What is the RIT scale and what does a score on the scale mean? 

A 
 A RIT score represents a
point on a continuous scale of learning. Measuring a student's
learning on the RIT scale is similar to measuring a student's height
with a yardstick. Each unit on the scale represents the same degree of
change so it is possible to measure growth over time. For example if a
student measured 46 inches tall in spring and measured 48 inches in
October we would say the student grew two inches in height. Similarly,
if a student's spring RIT score was 195 and his or October RIT score is
198, the student's academic growth increased by 3 RITs.
 A
RIT score indicates the difficulty level at which the student is
answering about 50% of the questions correctly. Although it is
possible to score as high as 265 or more on the reading test and 285 or
more on the math test, 240 (reading) and 250 (math) are typical top
scores.




3) 
Q 
How do I interpret RIT scores? 

A 
 Each
RIT score represents a point on a continuum of learning  a snapshot of
a student's academic performance at a particular time. The score
represents a student's instructional level. Because all scores fall on
the same scale they give a picture of the student's growth over time.
 RIT
scores should be used for measuring an individual student's progress;
RIT scores are not intended to be used as a comparison among students.
The same score at different grade levels can mean different things.
 Students
at lower grade levels tend to show a greater increase in RIT scores
during a school year than students in higher grade levels. At higher
levels, questions get much harder and the overall growth is a smaller
proportion of all that one knows.
 A
percentile score gives a ranking for how the student compares to
students in the national norm group. The norm group represents all the
students in the same grade level across the country who have taken MAP
tests. A score in the 75th percentile means that the student's RIT
score is higher than 75% of the students in the comparison group.
 As
a group, Blue Valley students tend to score about a grade level higher
than the national norm group. Blue Valley's curriculum is designed to
reflect this trend. MAP tests do not test all of Blue Valley's
curriculum. A score that is typical of students in a grade level
higher than the student's doesn't necessarily mean that the student is
ready or prepared for the higher grade level.




4) 
Q 
How will teachers use MAP scores? 

A 
 Teachers
can use MAP scores in conjunction with DesCartes, a description of the
learning continuum that MAP scores measure, to determine the
instructional needs of students and to plan for student learning.
 Teachers and students will use RIT scores to identify learning goals for the school year.




5) 
Q 
How should I interpret difference in MAP scores from spring to fall or fall to fall? 

A 
 Because
students have spent a relatively short amount of time in classes from
spring to fall testing dates, changes in RIT scores will depend upon
many factors. The amount of time that students spent in academic
pursuits over the summer will affect their scores. Students who were
in summer programs or who read extensively over the summer may show
greater gains than those who did not.
 A comparison of norm group scores from season to season and grade level gives an indication of typical changes in RIT scores.


