NWEA- Northwest Evaluation Assessment NWEA- Northwest Evaluation Assessment is a not-for-profit organization committed to helping school districts throughout the nation improve learning for all students. NWEA partners with more than 2,200 school districts representing more than three million students. As a result of NWEA tests, educators can make informed decisions to promote your child’s academic growth. This is a computer based assessment that helps us better serve your child by meeting their individual needs. We take this test three times a year- fall, winter and spring. As your child answers the questions, the computer generates the next question based on the previous answer. As your child answers the questions correctly, they get more difficult. If they answer incorrectly, the next question will be easier. This process custom makes the assessment for each child and gives the teacher a better picture of the child’s strengths and weaknesses. This allows us to plan our instruction better.
What is MAP? You will frequently here the term MAP when we discuss this test. MAP stands for Measurement of Academic Progress in the areas and math and reading. It tells us how your child is performing in these areas.
What is RIT? Tests developed by NWEA use a scale called RIT to measure student achievement and growth. RIT stands for Rasch UnIT, which is a measurement scale developed to simplify the interpretation of test scores. The RIT score relates directly to the curriculum scale in each subject area. It is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, so scores can be added together to calculate accurate class or school averages. Click Here to Download the RIT chart.
Tips for Parents Ways to help your child prepare for testing-
Meet with your child’s teacher as often as needed to discuss his or her progress.
Ask the teacher to suggest activities for you and your child to do at home to help prepare for tests and improve your child’s understanding of schoolwork. Parents and teachers working together benefits students. ƒ
Provide a quiet, comfortable place for studying at home. ƒ
Make sure that your child is well rested on school days and especially the day of a test. Children who are tired are less able to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of a test. ƒ
Give your child a well-rounded diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind. ƒ
Provide books and magazines for your child to read at home. By reading new materials, a child learns new words that might appear on a test.