Northwest Evaluation Association is a 30 year old not for profit testing organization, who works with over 2300 school districts across the United States. NWEA has been providing adaptive tests for over 20 years.
Math is aligned to Aero standards as of this fall per out Math curriculum review in Spring 2012. The tests are about 50 items long and take 35-60 minutes to administer. They are not timed in order to more accurately identify what the student know and to identify the areas in which they need more target support.
Here are three students in a typical 5th th grade class. Daniel is low performing, Norm is performing in the middle of the class and Grace is a high performing student.
This shows a typical distribution of students in one classroom. While there are many students who perform in the middle range of the grade, there are also many students who are well above the grade level and below the grade level. An adaptive test will more accurately assess the students by selecting items at the students achievement level. The RIT scale is an equal interval scale that goes across grades. RIT stands for R asch Un it , based on measurement theories of George Rasch, a Danish mathematician from the late 1800 ’s. High performing students will get challenging questions and the results will not only show what they know, but finally show the teachers what they need to learn. Low performing students will get questions at their level automatically as they respond incorrectly to the items. The test will adapt to their achievement level. Teachers will be able to target instruction in the areas most needed to build a foundation of learning that will help the student gain skills and concepts and move more quickly toward their grade level work.
The first item is at the student ’s identified grade level. If the student gets it correct, the next item will be more difficult. If the student gets that incorrect, the next item will be easier, but more difficult than the first one. The items continue to be presented based on the previous responses until the student answers all of the questions. A RIT score represents the place on the scale associated with item difficulty where students answer questions correctly about 50% of the time.
The NWEA MAP test will provide RIT scores for identified goals within each subject area tested. A student's RIT scores are linked to NWEA DesCartes: A Continuum of Learning. This screen is displayed at the end of the testing session. It shows an overall RIT score as well as RIT ranges for each of the Goal areas. The tests you will use are aligned to the NY State Standards, so the goal areas will be NY goals for each of the subjects.
This report is available for teachers via the internet 24 hours after uploading the test results. These reports give a rank order of students by RIT score and create a picture of the students and their strengths and weakneses.
The NWEA MAP test will provide RIT scores for identified goals within each subject area tested.
SAS Map Testing Parent Presentation
NWEA Measures of Academic ProgressShanghai American School
Jeff DunganPuxi Technology Resource Facilitator MAP Coordinator Jeff.Dungan@saschina.org
MAP Overview SAS has concluded our MAP testing pilot program- spring 2012 Test in Fall and Spring Grades 3 -10 (grades 9 & 10 started winter 2012) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Mathematics Reading Language Usage 35-60 minutes for administration
RIT SCORESWhat is a RIT Score? •An equal interval scale •Can be measured from test to test •Compares growth over time
What do we do with the data?The School: •Look for patterns of strengths and weaknesses •Evaluate effectiveness of programsThe Teacher •Look at growth of individual students •Look at strengths and weaknesses in their classes •Use date to guide instructionThe Parent •Look at your child’s strengths and weaknesses •Focus on your child’s growth •Celebrate the growth
Working Togetherwww.nwea.org Learning Together The Learning Curve Support us as we learn to use this data effectively to guide instruction and improve student learning Questions? Jeff Dungan Jeff.email@example.com Dr. Debbie Lane Debra.firstname.lastname@example.org