MAP FAQ's and Practice Test Information

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District Testing:  Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

The Olympia School District uses the MAP Test (Measures of Academic Progress) as a tool to monitor student growth from year to year.  MAP is a computer adaptive multiple-choice test.  The scores are based on a growth model that goes up as the student answers more difficult questions.  The goal is to monitor the progress of each student from year to year.


Computer adaptive tests adjust to each student's learning level, providing a unique set of test questions based on their responses to previous questions.  As the student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty.


MAP measures what students know, regardless of their grade level.  It also measures growth over time, allowing you to track your student's progress throughout the school year and across multiple years.  


MAP results are delivered in the form of a RIT score.  The RIT (Rasch Unit) scale is a stable, equal-interval scale.  Equal-interval means that a change of 10 RIT points indicates the same thing regardless of whether a student is at the top, bottom or middle of the scale, and a RIT score has the same meaning regardless of grade level or age of the student.  You can compare scores over time to tell how much growth a student has made.


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