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NWEA - Measures of Academic Progress 


About MPS and NWEA 

Middletown Public Schools administers MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) from NWEA (Northwest  Education Association) local assessments.  These State-aligned computer adaptive tests measure student achievement and growth.  Teachers can easily target appropriate and relevant instruction for each student or group of students using DesCartes, NWEA's continuum of learning (which is aligned to the Common Core State Standards). NWEA Reading tests report Lexile scores so that teachers and media center staff can help students and parents select appropriately challenging reading materials.  Currently, students in grades K - 11 are assessed using this tool.

NWEA Assessments Administered by Grade Level

NWEA Norm Information (2015 norms)

 Middletown has implemented the common core state standards version of NWEA.  Please visit for access to important resources to support your implementation. Also, Teachers can also go to: where curriculum ladders aligned to the Common Core State Standards have already been built based on NWEA's DesCartes. These are great tools for planning effective and focused differentiated instruction in the classroom. 

NWEA Norm Information 2015

Middletown Public Schools NWEA Summary Data 2016-2017

Middletown Public Schools NWEA Summary Data 2015-2016

Middletown Public Schools NWEA Summary Data 2014-2015


NWEA Norm Information 2011 (used in reports below)

 Middletown Public Schools NWEA Summary Data 2013-2014 

 Middletown Public Schools NWEA Summary Data 2012-2013 

Middletown Public Schools NWEA Summary Data 2011-2012

Middletown Public Schools NWEA Summary Data 2010-2011

Middletown Public Schools NWEA Summary Data 2009-2010



 Middletown Public Schools - NWEA Parent Guide

Annotated Student Progress Report

 What is a MAP assessment?

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) is a computerized adaptive test that measures your child's knowledge of reading, language usage and mathematics.  A test is uniquely built for each child based on the child's responses to the questions presented.

Can you provide additional information on what a computerized adaptive test is?

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) are computerized tests in Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics to determine each student's achievement level.  The tests are adaptive in that, when a student answers a question correctly, the questions become more difficult; if a student answers a question incorrectly, the questions become easier.  Assessments are individually tailored to the student.

How long does the assessment take?

The assessments are not timed, although students usually take about one hour to complete each area (Reading, Language Usage and Mathematics).

How are the assessment results used?

MAP assessments are used to help teachers provide appropriate instruction and measure student progress and growth in the areas of reading, language usage and mathematics. These assessments will help teachers understand where a student's strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas.  Teachers use this information to help them guide instruction in the classroom.  Results have also been correlated with the state's assessment, NECAP, and can be a predictor of success on the NECAP Reading and Mathematics assessments.

When will I get the results of my child's assessment?

Parents will be provided with student progress reports during the fall and spring, following the completion of testing.

What is a RIT score?

This is the student's overall score on the assessment. This is one of the most important pieces of information on the entire report. This score is unrelated to the age or grade of the student, but reflects the level at which the student is currently performing. RIT stands for Rasch UnIT, which is used to measure a child's achievement growth, similar to how inches are used to measure a child's heights.

What is a Lexile score?

The Lexile Framework® is a scientific approach to reading and text measurement. The Lexile scale is a developmental scale for reading ranging from below 200L for beginning readers and text to above 1700L for advanced readers and text. The Lexile range allows educators and parents to find books, periodicals and other reading material that can be appropriately challenging for each student.  Libraries and bookstores have information on the Lexile levels of books. More information about Lexiles can also be found on



If you have any questions regarding the MAP assessment, please contact your child's principal or Oliphant Administration. Additional information can be found on the Northwest Evaluation Association website and the in the online parent toolkit 

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