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Student MAP Scores

Student MAP testing results are reported in RIT scores (short for Rasch
Unit). A RIT score is an estimation of a students instructional level and
also measures student progress or growth in school. You may have a
chart in your home on which you mark your childs height at certain times,
such as on his or her birthday. This is a growth chart to show how much
he or she has grown from one year to the next. MAP assessments do the
same sort of thing, except they measure your students growth in mathematics and reading. The RIT scale is an equal-interval scale much like
feet and inches on a yardstick. It is used to chart your childs academic
growth from year to year. This type of score increases the value of the
tests as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers
to pinpoint what students have learned and what students are ready to
learn.

Understanding the RIT Score


The charts on the inside of this brochure show national median RIT
scores for grades 1-8 in a typical school district. You may use these

Measures of Academic Progress

charts to help determine if your student is performing at, above, or below


grade level compared to students across the nation.
It is important to understand that the MAP test is one test at one point in
time. It does not measure intelligence or a students capacity for learning. When making important decisions about students, school staff will
consider the MAP test results along with other data such as classroom
performance, other test scores, and input from parents and teachers.

Growth Over Time

What is MAP?
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a computerized
adaptive assessment program that provides Franklin County
educators with the information they need to improve teaching and

We expect RIT scores to increase over time. Typically, younger students

learning

show more growth in one year than older students. Students who test

Students in grades one through eight are tested three times per year

above grade level often show less growth. Sometimes RIT scores may
decline from one test to the next. One low test score is not cause for

and make

student-focused,

data-driven

decisions.

in math and reading. Educators use the growth and achievement

immediate concern. Like adults, students have good and bad days and

data from MAP to develop targeted instructional strategies and to

their test results do not always indicate what they know. Students atti-

plan school improvement.

tudes toward the test can also affect their score. Therefore, growth over
time is a better measure of student learning.

MAP:

Parents and guardians should become comfortable with the understand-

Is not an accountability test

ing that individuals will grow at different rates. Anticipated growth rates

Generates test questions based on student responses

for each student are based on national norms and should be viewed as

Reports student results in RIT scores (see back page)

typical growth, not expected growth. Teachers and principals have

Gives immediate results

participated in training to learn what the MAP test results mean and how

Is aligned to VA Standards of Learning

to best utilize the results. Our goal is for teachers to use the data to

Measures growth over time

differentiate and adjust instruction so that all students grow at levels

Provides information used to target individual instruction

appropriate for each individual.


If you have immediate questions, please contact your students classroom teacher (elementary) or math or English teacher (middle school)
or your building principal.

www.frco.k12.va.us

Growth Guideline Chart

When are tests given?

The chart below shows the NATIONAL grade level scores for 1st-8th

Three (3) times per year


December/January

March

(Winter)

(Spring)

(Fall)

that is typical for each grade level. When you review your childs scores,
you can check to see if his/her growth is above, at, or below average,
compared to students in the same grade.

How are tests given?

graders who tested in Fall and Spring. This shows the yearly growth

On the computer under adult supervision in the school setting


Adjusts to a students skill level so that each student takes an

individualized test

2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Grade

WHAT TESTS ARE GIVEN?


Grade
st

1 -8

Reading

th

Math

Reading
Fall
Spring
161
178
175
189
188
199
198
206
206
212
211
216
214
218
217
220

Year's
Growth
17
14
11
8
6
5
4
3

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Grade

September/October

Fall
162
177
190
202
211
218
223
226

Math
Spring
181
192
203
214
221
225
229
231

Year's
Growth
19
15
13
12
10
7
6
5

Is my child on grade level?


Fall MAP Reading RIT Score

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

162+
176+
189+
199+
207+
212+
215+
218+

161
175
188
198
206
211
214
217

142-160
162-174
176-187
189-197
199-205
207-210
212-213
215-216

1-Grade
Below

2-Grades
Below

141142-161
162-175
176-188
189-198
199-206
207-211
212-214

141161175188198206211-

Above
At Grade
Below
Grade Level
Level Grade Level

Grade

Grade

Above
At Grade
Below
Grade Level Level Grade Level

Fall MAP Math RIT Score

Winter MAP Reading RIT Score

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

173+
185+
197+
205+
211+
215+
218+
220+

172
184
196
204
210
214
217
219

152-171
173-183
185-195
197-203
205-209
211-213
215-216
218-218

1-Grade
Below

151152-172
173-184
185-196
197-204
205-210
211-214
215-217

2-Grades
Below

151172184196204210214-

179+
190+
200+
207+
213+
217+
219+
221+

Revised 12/2016

178
189
199
206
212
216
218
220

159-177
179-188
190-198
200-205
207-211
213-215
217
219

141-161
163-176
178-189
191-201
203-210
212-217
219-222
224-225

140141-162
163-177
178-190
191-202
203-211
212-218
219-223

140162177190202211218-

1-Grade
Below

2-Grades
Below

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

175+
187+
199+
210+
218+
223+
227+
230+

174
186
198
209
217
222
226
229

153-173
175-185
187-197
199-208
210-216
218-221
223-225
227-228

152153-174
175-186
187-198
199-209
210-217
218-222
223-226

152174186198209217222-

1-Grade
Below

2-Grades
Below

159160-181
182-192
193-203
204-214
215-221
222-225
226-229

159181192203214221225-

Spring MAP Math RIT Score


1-Grade
Below

2-Grades
Below

158159-178
179-189
190-199
200-206
207-212
213-216
217-218

158178189199206212216-

Above Grade At Grade


Below
Level
Level Grade Level

Grade

Grade

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

162
177
190
202
211
218
223
226

Above Grade At Grade


Below
Level
Level Grade Level

Spring MAP Reading RIT Score


Above
At Grade
Below
Grade Level Level Grade Level

163+
178+
191+
203+
212+
219+
224+
227+

2-Grades
Below

Winter MAP Math RIT Score

Grade

Grade

Above
At Grade
Below
Grade Level Level Grade Level

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

1-Grade
Below

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

182+
193+
204+
215+
222+
226+
230+
232+

181
192
203
214
221
225
229
231

160-180
182-191
193-202
204-213
215-220
222-224
226-228
230