Measures of academic progress (MAP) is a computer adaptive test produced by NWEA that is used all across the United States. By comparing students to their peers, educators are able to gain insight into what areas students need the most help and attention. The subject areas are reading, language usage, and math and science–the core subjects in American education. Each subject test typically takes less than 60 minutes to complete. Tests are untimed, so if a student needs extra time, he or she can be accommodated. This removes the test anxiety many students feel under a time limit.

For educators and students, the MAP tests provide invaluable insight into a student’s progress in specific areas. Specific skill and subject mastery, as well as areas for growth, are outlined. Teachers can print a goal setting worksheet based on the test results so that students are able to focus on the areas in which they will benefit most from focused study and practice. Each student has strengths and weaknesses in various areas of language, such as vocabulary, grammar, or reading The goal setting worksheet helps students focus on improving their weaknesses and capitalizing on their strengths.

Students are provided a RIT score in each subject, which shows level of mastery of Common Core standards. These scores correspond to levels of students across the US. With this score, educators and students are not only able to compare the students to hundreds of thousands of other students, but they are also able to use that score to improve students’ Common Core areas of study.