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Understanding the MAP Results

Dear GWA-Dubai Parents,

The accompanying document is an overview of the MAP tests feedback that was supplied to the school by NWEA.
The document covers a lot of information and it is important to
know how to read and use it appropriately.
GWA is a school that uses data to inform our instruction and
support student learning. The MAP tests are just one of many
pieces of data that help teachers understand and piece together
a picture of each students learning requirements. MAP scores
should never be accepted as the single determination of a childs
abilities, since any single test taken is subject to environmental
or emotional influences on how well students perform during
that moment in time. Additionally, it is important to remember
that scores are often an estimate of performance ability. We are
not using the data to assign a measurement of ability (grade) for
each student; rather, the data gives teachers very specific
information about skills and content students have mastered, what students should be currently working on, and
what their future learning goals could be.
One score that you will see is the RIT (Rasch unIT), which is a scale for measuring academic growth. A students RIT
scores are determined through the adaptive nature of the testing that gets harder or easier depending on the
answers given. Once students consistently answer questions correctly 50% of the time at a certainly level, that is
where their RIT range score is. These scores align to NWEAs Learning Continuum (previously called DesCartes)
that is divided into Reading, Language Usage, and Math. Teachers will use these to help inform instructional skills
and content that students need.
The results sheet you will receive gives the RIT range your child falls into for each subject area. Below these, you will
find the specific areas of each subject, along with a comparative analysis of your childs score against US national test
norms. As an additional comparison, below you will find the estimated RIT scores for how students at other
international schools performed on the same MAP tests. If your child has taken a MAP test at GWA in the past, you
will see your childs testing history.
It is important to note, scores shown in grade levels are not what students are supposed to be getting in a grade, but
only what students historically have achieved. MAP testing cannot measure the endless ways students demonstrate
understanding that we observe daily in our classrooms. The test can, however, give us important information on how
we can better meet your childs unique learning needs and further their learning journey.
Thank you,
The GWA MAP Team
GEMS World Academy - Dubai


PO Box 8607, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T +971 (0)4 3477770 | F +971 (0)4 340 3390

Understanding the Student Progress Report

Comparing Student Scores against International Norms

Estimated Averages of International
Students from Non-American Overseas


























This chart documents the estimated achievement

averages of students in international schools
outside of the US for Fall testing. NWEA has the
ability to measure student achievement by grade,
across time, and from a wide variety of schools
around the world. Status norms provide a starting
point for educators to review data. This data gives
an understanding of where each child is, and where
they need to go. Having the right data is a key
component in making learning individual to each

These results are created from NWEA international partner RIT scale averages and include data from over 140,000
students in hundreds of schools, from across around 90 countries.
This chart shows the estimated mean score from each subject area. Compare this to the middle number from the
Student Score Range on the Student Progress Report to see how your child compares to international averages.
GEMS World Academy - Dubai


PO Box 8607, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T +971 (0)4 3477770 | F +971 (0)4 340 3390