• Northwest Evaluation Association Assessments
     
    The Rochester City School District uses the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in Reading and Math across all schools in the district.  These computerized tests are adaptive; when taking a MAP test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. In an optimal test, a student answers approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level.
     
    How do we use these assessments?  
    NWEA assessments are used to measure students' progress in school.  After a student takes an NWEA assessment, his/her results are available almost immediately for teachers and students to see.  These detailed results are used by teachers to pinpoint where students' strengths and weaknesses are and they give teachers the information they need to meet their students' individual needs.  
     
    Who takes these assessments?  
    NWEA assessments in Reading and Math are administered three times per year to all students in Grades 1 through 8.  Kindergarten students take the assessment twice each school year.  

    How much time do these assessments take to administer?  
    The Math and Reading assessments each take between 30-60 minutes for each administration.  
     
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