The Northwest Evaluation Association is a global not-for-profit organization that designs an assessment taken by thousands of K-12 students annually worldwide—the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). MAP is a rigorous, computer-based test taken three times a year that adapts to student performance—questions increase or decrease in rigor, difficulty, and skills necessary to demonstrate mastery based on whether students answer correctly or incorrectly to previous questions. The Seton Blended Learning Network has consistently utilized the MAP test with its partner schools and recommends it as a primary summative AND formative student assessment tool in reading and mathematics due to its robust and nationally normed data reporting.
Logistics and Culture
In order for all members of a school community to experience the NWEA MAP Test in a way that is meaningful, motivating, and hassle-free there are a number of logistical and cultural factors to plan in strategic ways—and well in advance of the first MAP test of any school year. The resources on this page are designed to help teachers and school leaders prepare themselves, their students and families, and their buildings for MAP Testing.
Logistically, there are resources to support rostering students for MAP, scheduling test windows and specific test dates and times, and test administration, as well as tips and one-pagers on the meaningful tools for teachers to master and explain to students within the MAP Test Portal.
Culturally, there are resources to help with communicating the purpose and results of this test to both students and parents, setting ambitious goals, preparing students for test day, and creating a positive, inclusive classroom culture and environment.
Resources for Educators
MAP—Features, Usage, and Investment PD
A professional development session highlighting features of the NWEA MAP test and ideas to invest students.
Includes: PowerPoint, facilitator guide, and participant handout.
Leadership Facing Checklist
Leader Day of Walkthrough
Talking to Students about MAP Testing
Student MAP View
You can create a test session ahead of time and save it for later! When you go to test click on “Saved Testing Sessions.”
When you click “Test my class” make sure your entire roster is there!
Make sure you assign the test to students when setting up the test session.
If students get the “oops where my test” message, try minimizing that screen first.
If a student accidentally clicks out of their test, “suspend” the test and then “test again.”
Make sure pop ups are allowed on the device your student is testing on!
MAP is an adaptive test! This means it gets easier and harder based on student performance.
MAP Data Analysis
This is most true when educators embrace mastery of the student and class-level data MAP provides. Understanding the various data reports MAP provides after each administration is the first step of the process; when teachers and leaders use this data to target instruction, scaffold and differentiate classroom strategies, build robust small group culture, and incentivize student growth, MAP becomes a powerful ally.
The resources below include strategies and resources to aid teachers in utilizing and analyzing MAP data as a tool in their instructional practices.
Resources for Educators
Grouping Students Guide
A guide to grouping students based on NWEA MAP results with examples and templates.