MAP Testing

BBS administers the web based NWEA Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) assessment twice a year, at the beginning and end of the school year, in the subjects of reading, language and mathematics. The MAP test creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level and provides precise and timely information regarding student progress and growth.

The purpose of this test is to better understand the set of skills and concepts that each student already has and needs to develop in the subjects tested. The result provides the school with timely information to better understand where the students lie in their learning journey and inform instruction accordingly. The school wide results are also analyzed each year and are used to also help the school evaluate programs and identify professional development needs.

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NWEA Website:

NWEA Parent Tool Kit:

Below is a summary of Grade 10 MAP RIT* scores, the last grade tested at BBS, compared with NWEA US Norms** and Kuwait’s average for participating schools.

Table 1: Two Year Comparison of BBS Grade 10 Mean RIT to Grade 10 US Norms

Over the past 2 years, BBS 10th grade student achievement levels on average have equaled or surpassed US 10th grade student achievement levels in Math, Reading, and Language. The Spring 2016 average scores were at least 6.2 RIT points higher, meaning that BBS 10th graders even outperformed US 11th grade students in all 3 subjects (235, 222.3 and 221.5 in Math, Reading and Language respectively).

Table 2: Percentile Rankings of BBS Grade 10 Students According to NWEA Percentile Ranking Bands

The table above shows the count and percentage of students in Grade 10 who ranked in the Average percentile band and above (41 percentile and higher) in Spring 2016. More than 80% of our students are performing at or above the NWEA Norms in all three subjects.

*RIT: The RIT Scale is a curriculum scale that uses individual item difficulty values to estimate student achievement. The RIT scale can relate the numbers on the scale directly to the difficulty of items on the tests. In addition, the RIT scale is an equal interval scale. Equal interval means that the difference between scores is the same regardless of whether a student is at the top, bottom, or middle of the RIT scale, and it has the same meaning regardless of grade level.

**Norms: Norms are based on NWEA MAP testing 2015. The study’s results are based on K – 11 grade level samples. Each sample comprised of 72,000 to 153,000 student test records from approximately 1000 schools. These samples were drawn randomly from test record pools of up to 10.2 million students attending more than 23,500 public schools spread across 6,000 districts in 49 states.

***EOY Norms: EOY refer to end of year norms.


Table 3: Comparison of BBS Grade 10 Mean RIT scores to Grade 10 Mean RIT scores of participating schools in Kuwait

Grade 10 students at BBS outperformed other Grade 10 students in Kuwait in Math, Reading and Language in Spring 2016.


Student Goal Setting Sheet Guides For Parents of Middle School and High School Students:
This tutorial provides a brief introduction about MAP and shows how to read the MAP Student Goal Setting Sheet. Please click on CC in the video for Arabic subtitles. 
This is a one page infographic that explains the MAP Student Goal Setting Sheet.
This presentations provides more information about MAP and how the results are used to improve our student’s learning journey at BBS. It also provides some resources in English and Math.