Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a series of tests that measure a student’s knowledge and skills in reading and mathematics. The tests measure a student’s progress or growth in school. Scores depend on two things: how many questions are answered correctly and the difficulty of each question. The reading test is administered to all students in grades 2-8; the math test is administered to all students in grades 2-6. At grades 7 and 8, students enrolled in algebra and geometry do not take the math assessment
Please click on the graph below to view interactive charts that provide snapshots of how District 27 students rank within the NWEA’s National School Study.
Terra Nova is a norm-referenced test designed to compare students’ performance against a nationally representative norming group. It measures broad skill areas, which are sampled from textbooks, various state and national standards, and common teaching curricula. Unlike a criterion-reference test, which is used to determine if students have achieved specific concepts and skills, a norm-reference test is designed to sort and rank students with respect to the achievement of others. Thus, test designers choose questions that sort students along a normal distribution (bell curve).