What is the MAP test?

MAP, also called Measures of Academic Progress, is a nationally normed referenced test administered on a computer. The test is adaptive to the student’s responses and provides a score called a RIT. This score corresponds to the current achievement level of the student along a vertical scale.

Why are Morgan County students taking the MAP test?

Morgan County is giving the MAP test to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year in reading, math and language arts.

How do teachers use the test scores?

MAP scores help teachers determine the current achievement level of each student. Lessons can be designed that provide for students at all levels within the same classroom setting. The assessments keep track of progress and growth and let teachers know where a student’s strengths are and if help is needed in any specific area. Teachers use the test information to guide instruction in the classroom.

Who takes the MAP test?

All students in grades K-10 will take the MAP test.

How long does the test take?

Each test usually takes about one hour to complete. The tests are not timed.

Where can I get more information about MAP?

In addition to contacting your child’s principal or teacher you may also find information at

What is the correlation of a RIT score to ACT at the high school?

NWEA has aligned the MAP scores to scores of students who take the ACT. As part of their reporting, ACT provides districts a list of students that are college-ready. This strong research study will allow MCSS to report out how many students are college-ready in English, reading and mathematics by the end of 10th grade.

How can I get results of the MAP test?

You can see your child’s principal or teacher. During fall conferences, teachers at primary, elementary and middle will share fall testing results with parents. The student progress report will be sent home to all parents after the winter and spring administrations.

How can parents understand the scores better?

There are resources posted on the district website. Go to and then click on Teaching and Learning. Your child’s teacher and/or administrator can further explain the Student Progress Report.

Is MAP used as a summative assessment like Milestone?

NO – MAP will be used as a diagnostic measure to see where students are at the beginning of the year, and it will measure growth over time.

How to read your child's Student Progress Report?

Click on the following link to see a video on how to read your childs progress report. Link


Welcome to Milestones, a free online collection of videos aimed at helping parents understand grade-level expectations in grades K-12. Milestones show students demonstrating what success looks like in reading, writing and math, grade by grade. High school Milestones shows some real-world skills kids should know as well as the academic ones. CLICK LINK