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NWEA MAP Testing Information for Families

Three times a year, MSD participates in the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. These assessments are administered in the fall, winter, and spring.

Madison students have been participating in NWEA MAP assessments over the past several years. Because of the reliability and accuracy of this assessment we will use it to conduct our state mandatory academic benchmark testing.

For students returning to Madison, this will be a familiar assessment to them. However, we recognize this assessment tool may be unfamiliar to many parents whether your child is a new student with us or a returning student.

To help parents understand this assessment and how they can help student success, we have gathered the following information.


NWEA MAP is a computer adaptive assessment given three times per year. It measures student academic growth over time. Learn more about NWEA MAP here.

How Are The Results Used?

NWEA MAP provides easy-to-use, standards-aligned reports that give teachers the information needed to determine appropriate academic content over the school year. NWEA MAP provides reliable insights that make it simple for teachers to plan for instruction and see what students are ready to learn next. Administrators use the context provided in higher-level reports to drive improvement across educational systems that affect the entire school.

Why Is This Assessment Important?

While many assessments measure achievement, this assessment also measures academic progress and growth over time. When students answer questions to the best of their ability, MAP provides reliable insights making it simple for teachers to plan differentiated instruction, develop interventions for struggling students, and determine what students are ready to learn next.

When Is The Assessment?

Your child’s teacher will let you know when their assessment will occur.

Will I Receive Copies Of The Assessment Results?

You may request a copy of your child’s assessment results from their teacher.

Although the NWEA MAP assessment is web-based and should work on most devices, we recommend that students use district issued Chromebooks to access the assessment.

For more information visit the Madison NWEA MAP Support website.

The Madison NWEA MAP Support website will allow you to:

  • Access a NWEA MAP Assessment Checklist
  • Access the practice test
  • Connect to greater resources related to NWEA MAP

NWEA Parent/Family Toolkit

Madison MAP Website