MAP Testing

BBS administers the web based NWEA Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP® Growth™) assessment twice a year, at the beginning and end of the school year, in the subjects of Reading (for Grades1-10), Mathematics(for Grades1-10), and Language Usage( for Grades3-10). The MAP Growth 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.

For more information visit :

NWEA Parent Tool Kit

MAP Introduction Video for Grades 1 and 2

MAP Introduction for Elementary School

MAP introduction for Middle and High School

NWEA Website

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 3 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 2019 average scores were at least 4.5 RIT points higher, meaning that BBS 10th graders even outperformed US grade 11 students in all 3 subjects (Grade 11 Norms are :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 below shows the count and percentage of students in Grade 10 who ranked in the Average percentile band and above (41 percentile and higher). More than 74 % of our students are performing at or above the NWEA 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 2019. 

*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.